By Diane Bartz
Source: Reuters

The California attorney general’s office is probing whether Kroger’s $24.6 billion plan to buy rival grocer Albertsons will make it harder for people in poorer parts of cities or rural areas to buy medicines, according to two people familiar with the review.

Food deserts, which are better known, are often working class areas of cities or small towns where people have few options to buy healthy foods like fresh foods or vegetables. Areas can face the same issue with pharmacy access.

Research from the University of Southern California in 2021 found one in three neighborhoods in 30 populous U.S. cities were “pharmacy deserts.”

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