Pharmacists Rush to Fill USA Drug Void

On first impression, the $438 million sale of the USA Drug chain to Walgreens looks like a case of corporate consolidation complete with the loss of jobs and consumer choices.

However, behind the scenes, smaller operators are rushing to fill the void that one described as "exciting." The largest drugstore chain based in Arkansas, with locations in a seven-state region, is gone, but entrepreneurial-minded pharmacists hope to profit from the market shift.

"What you're going to see in the next six months are some independent pharmacies opening up," said Terry Perkins, owner of Oak Grove Pharmacy in North Little Rock. "The public will really benefit from it."

Read more from Arkansas Business reporter George Waldon on the details behind the Walgreens-USA Drug transaction and what it means for Arkansas' independent pharmacists.