Amazon launched Amazon Pharmacy today. The online drugstore allows insured customers in the U.S. to order prescription medications for home delivery. It may potentially offer savings to uninsured consumers as well.
- Customers 18 years old and over will be able to use the service starting this week in 45 states. Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Minnesota are temporarily excluded.
- Amazon Prime members will receive up to an 80% discount on generic medications and up to 40% on brand-name medications.
- Doctors will be able to send prescriptions directly to Amazon Pharmacy. The company claims to have the tools necessary to verify that a physician legitimately ordered each prescription in order to reduce fraud.
- Patients with existing prescriptions can request a transfer from an existing retailer like Walgreens or CVS.