Amazon launches online pharmacy for drugs

Amazon is diversifying and today announces the launch of an online pharmacy for ordering drugs. The online retailer only deals with customers who have a prescription.

This new service is called Amazon Pharmacy and it allows customers to compare prices when buying drugs. Customers can choose between third-party payments and an uninsured option at checkout, and receive discounts for Amazon Prime members. Amazon’s online pharmacy is available for the first time in the US.

Amazon faces stiff competition from online pharmacies. Walgreens, CVS Health, Walmart, Rite Aid, Kroger Co, and others are participating. According to a market study conducted by JD Power, the use of online drug ordering is still limited, but the Covid-19 pandemic could accelerate its development.

Amazon had already gained a foothold in 2018 with the acquisition of the special site PillPack, which supplies products for patients with chronic diseases in particular. The company is now offering a new page where internet users can fill out a prescription from their computer or phone. Amazon states in passing that certain drugs, such as those based on opiates, will not be dispensed.