The AzCRH 2015 Pharmacist Supply and Demand Study Report examines Arizona pharmacist, pharmacy technician, and pharmacy trends over an eight-year period (2006-13). Data trends were analyzed to forecast potential changes in pharmacist and pharmacy technician demand and supply over the next five years. The Report includes recommendations to address pharmacist supply, demand and distribution challenges in Arizona’s rural areas.
Pharmacists are the medication experts in the health field and are the primary dispensers of prescription drugs used for the prevention, diagnosis, management and elimination of diseases. They promote the appropriate use of both prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Pharmacists increasingly provide additional health services including health information, screening, vaccination, and referral to other health providers in many states. Pharmacies are a vital part of Arizona’s safety net health care system and often provide entry points into the health care system.