A new study in Health Affairs says there is a role for the 340B program for eliminating “pharmacy deserts” in Black and Hispanic/Latino urban neighborhoods. | Shutterstock

Study: Better Use of 340B Can Help Shrink Urban “Pharmacy Deserts”

Policymakers should make better use of the 340B program to help eliminate “pharmacy deserts” in Black and Hispanic/Latino urban neighborhoods, new research published in Health Affairs recommends.

The study was conducted by researchers at four universities and supported by the National Institute on Aging, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and other funders. Its goal was to find out if segregated Black and Hispanic/Latino neighborhoods in the 30 most populous U.S. cities had fewer pharmacies and thus contributed to racial and ethnic disparities in health care. Published online on May 3, it looked at pharmacy availability by neighborhood type in the 30 cities from 2007 through 2015.

Policymakers should make better use of the 340B program to help eliminate “pharmacy deserts” in Black and Hispanic/Latino urban neighborhoods, new research published in Health Affairs recommends.

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