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I say this with an obvious bias as my wife is a pharmacist.

But, I don't think that local pharmacies going the way of local bookstores is a good thing. Pharmacists have far more contact with patients than any other medical professional. While they can not diagnose, they it is fairly common for patients to come into the pharmacy with symptoms or conditions that require more urgent medical care. It is the lowest barrier of entry for patients to see a health care professional. Most pharmacists have doctorates now.

Another issue is that flue vaccination is woefully short in the US. Having 90%+ of the US population vaccinated annually would likely save more lives per year than just about any other medical intervention. With the loss of local pharmacies, one of the major sources of flue vaccination is gone. If Amazon results in the loss of most local pharmacies, it is entirely possible that tens of thousands of people will die due to decreased flu vaccinations.


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