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Can pharmacists help fill the growing primary care gap?

By 2020 157 million people in the US will be living with at least one chronic health condition. As the number of Americans managing diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol increases, the ranks of primary care providers (PCPs) who currently perform the majority of chronic disease management are dwindling. Within the next 10 years, there is estimated to be a 27% shortage of PCPs in the US – about 90,000 fewer PCPs than the US health care system requires.

But there are approximately 300,000 pharmacists in the US, and the number of pharmacists is going up. Between 2003 and 2013, the number of pharmacists in the US increased by approximately 19%.


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