Say hello to your newest drug dealer. No, not that kind.
Amazon, the online retail giant where you can get more or less everything and anything, is taking new steps to stay even truer to that title with the launch of Amazon Pharmacy.
Introducing Amazon Pharmacy. 💊📋📦
— Amazon (@amazon) November 17, 2020
Amazon’s online pharmacy opened officially on Tuesday and offers a range of generic and brand prescription medications to treat both chronic and acute health conditions. You can now order antibiotics, insulin, or other prescription drugs on the platform and have them delivered right to your door.
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The company says that the service is for those 18 and older and works best if you regularly fill one or more prescriptions. You can also sign up for PillPack, a service by Amazon Pharmacy that sorts medication into packets by date and time.
All you have to do is sign up for a pharmacy profile online, filling out basic info about yourself, your medications and any allergies or health conditions, and then request details of your prescriptions from your prescriber to be sent to Amazon Pharmacy. Once the prescription is filled, you can then pay for it with or without insurance. Oh, and Prime members still get free two-day delivery.
Amazon Pharmacy also offers pharmacists available for consultation 24/7 and online access to your medication order history and prescription details.
There are currently a few categories of drugs and supplies unavailable through the service, things like vaccines, over-the-counter items, and pet prescriptions — no word yet on whether those will be available in the future.
You can also have more of your questions answered on Amazon Pharmacy’s support page, which you can find here.
As expected, Amazon’s announcement of an online pharmacy launch will likely affect future business for some of the country’s largest brick-and-mortar pharmacy giants, but the impact of Amazon’s announcement was already clear on Tuesday.
At the time of writing, stock shares of Walgreens and CVS Health were down almost 10%, respectively, with shares of Rite Aid down over 15%.