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I used Amazon’s new pharmacy to get my medication. Here’s how it works. (AMZN)


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Amazon just opened a pharmacy, allowing shoppers to get prescription drugs delivered like they would clothes or home supplies.

Amazon Pharmacy, which launched Tuesday, offers to deliver most generic and name-brand prescription drugs to most US customers with no delivery fee. Doctors can call in prescription orders straight to Amazon, or pharmacies like CVS can transfer them.

Amazon Prime members get special benefits, like discounts up to 80% on generic drugs and 40% on brand-name medications when paying without insurance, as well as two-day delivery. The service is not available in Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, or Minnesota.

Read more: Amazon is going deeper into the prescription drug business. Here are the 7 ways the tech giant is taking on healthcare, and why two analysts think doctors visits are next.

I decided to see how the process works first hand by ordering my prescription medicine through Amazon. I am not a Prime member, but the ease of getting my medicine delivered during the pandemic appealed to me.

I quickly signed up for the service, but Amazon said it takes days to get prescriptions transferred from other pharmacies. After I asked my prescriber to transfer my medicine, the company said free delivery would take 5 days.

“Starting right from the Amazon.com store it’s easy to type in a medication name and see availability and any savings for Prime members,” Amazon spokesperson Jacquelyn Miller said. “Before checking out, customers with insurance on file can compare their co-pay, the price without insurance or the available savings with the new Prime prescription savings benefit to choose their lowest price option.”

Here’s all the steps I took to get my medication from Amazon Pharmacy. Amazon was not immediately available for comment. 

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I decided to use Amazon’s new pharmacy to get my medication delivered. I recently moved and I spent two months in Michigan this year, meaning I’ve had to change my pharmacy multiple times to get my medication. Amazon appealed to me because I wanted the ability to change my delivery address quickly without using a new pharmacy.

First, I checked to see if Amazon would deliver my medication. The website lists a number of items the company does not deliver yet, including medical devices, controlled substances, and vitamins, but it seems to deliver most drugs.

Next, I checked to see if the medication would get delivered to my apartment in New York City. The website says Amazon does not yet deliver in Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, or Minnesota.

There are two down sides to the Amazon Pharmacy that I noticed right away: The company does not offer 90-day fills, nor does it automatically refill prescriptions.

Read more: Amazon is going deeper into the prescription drug business. Here are the 7 ways the tech giant is taking on healthcare, and why two analysts think doctors visits are next.
 

After reviewing the website, I went to sign up for an Amazon Pharmacy account.

The company asked …read more

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