How Rural Communities Are Losing Their Pharmacies

Markian Hawryluk, Kaiser Health News Batson’s Drug Store seems like a throwback to a simpler time. The independent drugstore in Howard, Kansas, still operates an old-fashioned soda counter and hand-dipped ice cream. But the pharmacy, the only one in the entire county, hangs on an abyss between nostalgia and extinction. Julie Perkins, pharmacist and owner …