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Iowa R.Ph.S Fear Financial Impact from Flood Damage

Magazine article Drug Topics

Iowa R.Ph.S Fear Financial Impact from Flood Damage

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Because the summer's flooding hurt their state's economy, Iowa pharmacists are concerned that their business will be hurt in the months to come, according to a recent survey.

The flooding resulted in enormous crop losses, affecting Iowa's primarily agricultural economy, and the many patients financially hurt by the losses may not be able to pay for their medications, pharmacists said in the survey.

The survey of independent pharmacists in Iowa was done during late summer by the Iowa Pharmacists Association. As explained by the association's v.p. of external affairs, Michael Pursel, the survey was conducted to find out how the state's independent pharmacists fared during and after the major flooding. Of 937 questionnaires mailed out to independents, 399 were filled out and returned.

A more positive finding from the survey was that few pharmacists said their stores had been physically damaged by the flooding. The 14 pharmacists who said their stores were damaged noted that the damage was limited to water in the basement--damage that did not affed business operations.

Another finding was that 10 phannacists said they had to temporarily close their stores during the height of the flooding-but not because of store damage from the flood. …

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