E-commerce giant Amazon has finally launched Amazon Pharmacy making its entry to the online prescription medicine delivery service in the United States.
Just like other prescription medicine delivery services Amazon Pharmacy will offer a range of “generic and brand-name drugs including commonly prescribed drugs like insulin, triamcinolone steroid creams, metformin for controlling blood sugar, and sumatriptan for migraines.”
Customers can sign up to the new store by creating a ”secure pharmacy profile,” with the option of adding information about their health insurance, any outstanding medical issues like allergies, and any regular prescriptions as reported by CNBC.
Note: The service will not sell Schedule II medications, which includes many common opioids like Oxycontin.
Amazon says it offers a number of advantages for Prime members that includes free, two-day delivery on orders and discounts on medication. Amazon also claims that the Prime Members will be able to save “up to 80 percent off generic and 40 percent off brand name medications when paying without insurance.”
Currently, the service will be available in 45 states in the US (Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana and Minnesota are to be covered in the service in the future).
Amazon says that it accepts “most” insurance plans, and will give customers the option of speaking to a pharmacist for advice.
Amazon’s entry to the Pharmaceutical market wasn’t expected, in 2018 it bought pharmaceutical delivery startup PillPack for just under $1 billion and later rebranded the service as PillPack by Amazon Pharmacy.
CNBC reports that the infrastructure of PillPack (including its fulfillment centers and relationships with healthcare providers) were used to create Amazon Pharmacy.
Amazon says PillPack by Amazon Pharmacy will continue as a “distinct service,” aimed at customers “managing multiple daily medications for chronic conditions.”