Amazon opened an online pharmacy this Tuesday, giving its customers the possibility of buying medicine and ordering their prescriptions through their cell phones and receiving them at their doorstep in a couple of days, like a book or toilet paper.
The possible impact of Amazon’s entry into the pharmaceutical industry shook the sector immediately.
Large chains rely on their pharmacies for a steady stream of customers who come regularly to get their medication.
Amazon said it will offer the most common prescription medications starting today, including creams, pills, and treatments that need to be kept cold, such as insulin.
Buyers must open a profile on Amazon’s website and have their doctors submit their prescriptions to the Seattle-based e-commerce giant.
Most health insurances are accepted. But members of the Prime service who do not have one will be able to buy drugs, both generic and brand, through the platform at a discount.
Amazon set its sights on the healthcare industry long ago.
Two years ago, he invested 750 million dollars in the purchase of the online pharmacy PillPack, which organizes medications in packages based on the time and day they should be taken.
Amazon stressed that it will keep PillPack, which will focus on shipping medication to people with chronic diseases.
Amazon noted that its online pharmacy offer is not available in Mexico, since it is an option only for the United States.
At the moment this service will not be available in Mexico.
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