Amazon has been known to take over multiple sectors in the world of e-commerce, but some may not have saw this next move coming.
Soon Amazon Prime members will be eligible for two-day delivery of medications and price cuts on both brand-name and generic drugs as they will be available for purchase through Amazon’s main website.
According to Business Insider, customers will be able to type their insurance information and select payment options in a “pharmacy profile.”
Those same prime members will be able to get up to 80 percent in discounts on generic drugs and 40 percent on brand-name medications when they pay without insurance, Business Insider reports.
“As more and more people look to complete everyday errands from home, pharmacy is an important and needed addition to the Amazon online store,” said Amazon’s senior vice president of North America consumer, Doug Herrington, in a statement.
This is the company’s most recent push into healthcare. In 2018, Amazon purchased the small drug-delivery startup called PillPack. In 2019, they launched a brand of over-the-counter medications. In August of this year, they launched a health-monitoring wristband called Halo.
“PillPack has provided exceptional pharmacy service for individuals with chronic health conditions for over six years,” Herrington said. “Now we’re expanding our pharmacy offering to Amazon.com, which will help more customers save time, save money, simplify their lives, and feel healthier.”
Over time, it’ll be interesting to see if the e-commerce giant ends up taking over the pharmacy industry as well.