Amazon makes its move into the health sector with online pharmacy


2020-11-19 13:00:27 digitalhealth


Online retailer Amazon has launched its own pharmacy service which will allow customers to buy prescription medication. Amazon Pharmacy allows customers to complete an entire pharmacy transaction on their desktop or mobile device through the Amazon App. Customers can add their insurance information, manage prescriptions, and choose payment options before checking out. Members of Amazon Prime can also have access to free two-day delivery and discounts of up to 80% on generic medicines and 40% on prescribed brand-name drugs.I wo TJ Parker, vice president at Amazon Pharmacy, said: “We designed Amazon Pharmacy to put customers first – bringing Amazon’s customer obsession to an industry that can be inconvenient and confusing. “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.” Rumours Amazon was looking towards the health market were fuelled following the retailer’s decision to buy US automated pharmacy company PillPack in June 2018. At the time, the deal was reportedly worth around £760 million ($1 billion). Doug Herrington, senior vice president of North American consumer at Amazon, added: “As more and more people look to complete everyday errands from home, pharmacy is an important and needed addition to the Amazon online store. “PillPack has provided exceptional pharmacy service for individuals with chronic health conditions for over six years. Now, we’re expanding our pharmacy offering to, which will help more customers save time, save money, simplify their lives, and feel healthier.”
在线零售商亚马逊推出了自己的药房服务,允许顾客购买处方药。 亚马逊药房允许客户通过亚马逊应用程序在桌面或移动设备上完成整个药房交易。顾客可以在结账前添加他们的保险信息,管理处方,选择支付选项。 亚马逊Prime的会员还可以获得免费的两天送货,以及仿制药高达80%的折扣和处方名牌药高达40%的折扣 亚马逊药房副总裁TJ Parker说:“我们设计亚马逊药房的目的是把顾客放在第一位--把亚马逊的顾客痴迷带到一个可能不方便和令人困惑的行业。 “我们在幕后努力工作,以无缝地处理并发症,使任何需要处方的人都能了解他们的选择,以最低的价格下单,并让他们的药物迅速送达。” 2018年6月,亚马逊决定收购美国自动化药房公司PillPack,此后,有关亚马逊将目光投向健康市场的传言进一步升温。据报道,当时这笔交易价值约7.6亿英镑(10亿美元)。 亚马逊北美消费者高级副总裁Doug Herrington补充说:“随着越来越多的人希望在家里完成日常差事,药店是亚马逊网上商店的一个重要和必要的补充。 Pillpack已经为患有慢性疾病的个人提供了超过六年的特殊的药房服务。现在,我们正在将我们的药房服务扩展到亚马逊网站,这将帮助更多的顾客节省时间,省钱,简化他们的生活,并使他们感到更加健康。“