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Amazon Is Now a Pharmacy: Will Begin Shipping Prescriptions To Prime Users

Amazon is known for being the one place that has it all. You can buy your groceries, clothes, and even your toilet paper from Amazon. The one thing you couldn’t get from Amazon, was your prescription drugs. However, that may soon be possible.

Amazon is taking another lucrative leap, this time into the multi-billion dollar health care industry.

Amazon has just unveiled an online pharmacy service, it will allow users to have their medicine sent straight to their home, like any other Amazon package. This has been a highly requested feature amid the COVID-19 pandemic concerns.

Amazon promises it’s Prime members free two-day delivery on medications. Also, a savings benefit plan which boasts savings of up to 80% off generic brands for customers not paying with insurance.

Amazon says that it’s digital drugstore makes it "simple for customers to compare prices and purchase medications for home delivery," stating that buying your medication will be as simple as any other Amazon purchase.

Doug Herrington, Senior Vice President of North American Consumer for Amazon provided the following statement: "As more and more people look to complete everyday errands from home, pharmacy is an important and needed addition to the Amazon online store."

In 2018, Amazon purchased PillPack for over $700 Million. PillPack has pharmacy licenses in all 50 states and delivers medications to customers in pre-sorted doses, to make it easier to take multiple medications a day. The following year, Amazon made a few changes to the branding of the company - which got the rumor mill buzzing about their next venture into the healthcare industry. PillPack, an Amazon company” became "PillPack by Amazon Pharmacy."

This has been a rather rough year for pharmacies. Brands such as Rite Aid, Walgreens, and CVS all saw shares drop following Amazon’s announcement.

The competition has forced companies like CVS and Rite Aid to remodel their stores and offer more health care services that would be difficult to duplicate in an online format.

Amazon’s virtual drugstore has been available since Tuesday.

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