Pharmacies in the United States

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There are approximately 67,000 pharmacies in the United States. Almost half (33,000) are located within drug stores, grocery stores, hospitals, department stores, medical clinics, surgery clinics, universities, nursing homes, prisons, and other facilities. The remaining pharmacies are considered to be independent or privately owned. The top 25 pharmacy chain stores represent about 28,000 pharmacy locations in the U.S. and employ about 46,000 on-staff pharmacists. California has 5,560 pharmacies, the most of any state. Texas, New York, Florida and Pennsylvania round out the top five states for pharmacy locations.[1] Nationwide, the number of community pharmacies increased by 6.3% between 2007-2015, and the number of pharmacies per 10,000 people (2.11) did not change. However, the number of pharmacies per-capita varies substantially across counties, ranging from 0 to 13.6 per- 10,000 people in 2015.[2]

Pharmacy chain[edit]

The table below shows the top 25 pharmacy chains in the United States per state ranked by the number of pharmacist in each location, according to the National Pharmacy Market Summary done by SK&A 2010 [3]

Top 25 pharmacy chains ranked by the number of pharmacists

Rank Pharmacy Chains City State Pharmacists Store(s)
1 CVS Corporation Woonsocket RI 24,000 9,700
2 Walgreens Deerfield IL 10,578 8,232
3 Walmart Stores Inc Bentonville AR 6,358 3,646
4 Rite Aid Corporation Camp Hill PA 5,523 4,608
5 Kroger Company Cincinnati OH 1,866 1,156
6 Target Corporation now CVS Pharmacy Minneapolis MN 1,436 1,672
7 Kaiser Permanente (HMO) Oakland CA 1,298 290
8 Sears Holdings Corporation Hoffman Estates IL 1,169 1,002
9 Medicine Shoppe International Earth City MO 943 564
10 Dominick's Finer Foods Pleasanton CA 888 719
11 Publix Pharmacies Lakeland FL 835 710
12 Costco Pharmacies Issaquah WA 589 323
13 Hy-Vee Inc West Des Moines IA 563 202
14 Winn-Dixie Pharmacies Jacksonville FL 461 390
15 Giant Eagle Pharmacy Pittsburgh PA 403 187
16 Meijer Pharmacies Grand Rapids MI 344 167
17 Cardinal Health Inc Houston TX 320 131
18 H E Butt Drug Stores San Antonio TX 315 191
19 Fred's Inc. Memphis TN 315 259
20 Stop & Shop Supermarket Co Quincy MA 303 235
21 Giant Food Stores Llc Carlisle PA 297 204
22 Shopko Stores Inc Green Bay WI 288 131
23 Fred Meyer Pharmacy Division Portland OR 276 127
24 Smith's Food & Drug Centers Inc Salt Lake City UT 268 132
25 Shoprite Supermarkets Inc Keasbey NJ 236 153

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Pharmacy Market Summary SK&A (March 2010) http://www.skainfo.com/index.php
  2. ^ Qato, Dima Mazen; Zenk, Shannon; Wilder, Jocelyn; Harrington, Rachel; Gaskin, Darrell; Alexander, G. Caleb (2017-08-16). "The availability of pharmacies in the United States: 2007–2015". PLOS ONE. 12 (8): e0183172. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0183172. ISSN 1932-6203.
  3. ^ National Pharmacy Market Summary SK&A (March 2010) http://www.skainfo.com/index.php