Fortune March 30, 2024
Maia Anderson, Healthcare Brew

Independent pharmacies have struggled in recent years to stay open—and new financial constraints may mean a record number of pharmacy closures in 2024.

Nearly a third of independent pharmacies are at risk of going out of business due in part to a new rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that results in lower prescription reimbursements, according to the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA), a trade group that represents more than 19,400 US pharmacies.

“This is an emergency,” NCPA CEO B. Douglas Hoey said in a statement. “If Congress fails to act again, thousands of local pharmacies could be closed within months and millions of patients could be stranded without a pharmacy.”

The CMS rule, which went...

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