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Amazon unveils online prescription pharmacy

Amazon Prime members without insurance can receive up to 80% savings, free two-day delivery, says company

Beyza Binnur Donmez   | 17.11.2020
Amazon unveils online prescription pharmacy


Amazon opened an online pharmacy Tuesday that allows customers to purchase prescription medications using its website or mobile app.

Consumers can add insurance information, manage prescriptions, and choose payment options using a secure pharmacy profile at Amazon Pharmacy, the company said.

Amazon Prime members who do not have insurance can save up to 80% on generic prescription medications and 40% for brand name medications. Prime members also receive unlimited, free two-day delivery on orders, the company said.

"We work hard behind the scenes to handle complications seamlessly so anyone who needs a prescription can understand their options, place their order for the lowest available price, and have their medication delivered quickly," TJ Parker, vice president of Amazon Pharmacy, said in a statement.

Vice President of Amazon Prime Jamil Ghani said the company is well aware of the importance of accessing affordable medication and the company believes Prime members will find "tremendous value" with the new prescription savings benefit.

"Our goal is for Prime to make members’ lives easier and more convenient every day, and we’re excited to extend the incredible savings, seamless shopping experience, and fast, free delivery members know and love with Prime to Amazon Pharmacy," Ghani added.

The company said its online pharmacy, PillPack, that the company spent more than $750 million to buy in 2018, would continue to work, focusing on shipping medication to patients with chronic conditions.

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