Amazon Launches Pharmacy Service with Many Discounts
By Yehudit Garmaise
Starting today, Amazon has launched its Pharmacy Service, which will deliver prescription medications to American customers, who can ask their physicians to send prescriptions straight to the online pharmacy.
Customers of Amazon Pharmacy can create “pharmacy profiles” that conveniently store their insurance and payment information and then buy prescription drugs through Amazon’s main website.
Not only are Amazon Prime members eligible for two-day deliveries of medications, but Prime members who are paying for medication without insurance receive discounts of up to 80% on generic drugs and up to 40% on brand-name medications.
For customers wondering whether their medications would cost less through insurance or bought with Prime’s discounts, the online retail giant also provides helpful price comparisons.
While BoroPark24 asks readers to walk down the street, support our local businesses, and shop local for essential items, Amazon Pharmacy can eliminate a difficult and regular errand for people who, G-d forbid, are sick, or who have chronic conditions.
Amazon has been making forays into healthcare for two years. For instance, in 2018, Amazon bought a small drug-delivery startup called PillPack, and in 2019 Amazon launched a brand of over-the-counter medications.
In August, the retail giant launched Halo, which is a health-monitoring wristband.
“We’re expanding our pharmacy offerings to Amazon.com, which will help more customers save time, save money, simplify their lives, and feel healthier,” said Doug Herrington, Amazon’s senior vice president of North American consumers.