Amazon launches online pharmacy in the United States

Amazon moves into the pharmacy area its biggest move yet. Amazon Pharmacy is designed to simplify and make it easy and convenient to order prescription medicines online and to provide prescription medicinal products in the United States.

After stepping up the internal debate for 2017 and acquiring PillPack in 2018, Amazon has quietly developed its pharmacy offering. The pharmacy space is notoriously complex and competitive in the United States, and Amazon Pharmacy is built in part on the PillPack infrastructure, including its pharmacy software.

It said that Prime subscribers pay without insurance up to 80% off generic and up to 40% off brand-name drugs and a two-day supply.

Amazon’s online pharmacy in Illinois, Minnesota, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Hawaii is not yet available, a spokeswoman said. (Reporting in San Francisco by Jeffrey Dastin and in New York by Caroline Humer; editing in Lincoln Feast.)

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