In a new move announced by Amazon, those who want to skip the long lines at the pharmacy to pick up their prescriptions, may be able to have it delivered straight to their front door.
The tech and retail giant acquired PillPack, an online pharmacy which sorts and delivers medication, including refills, for just under $1 billion. Amazon would make it easier for individuals, including senior citizens who may not have the physical ability to make it to the pharmacy, to have their meds delivered, along with other Amazon products or Whole Foods items purchased.
“I think it’s a game changer for folks like Walgreens and CVS, who will see a significant hit,” said Arielle Trzcinski, a senior analyst at Forrester who covers health care and technology, according to MSN. “People want a convenient, personalized processed for healthcare. They want a more retail-like experience tailored to them and their needs. Beyond that, a number of chronic disease patients tend to have limited mobility or barriers in terms of transportation. Now we’re eliminating the barrier of having them get to the brick and mortar.”
Trzcinski has even brought forth the possibilities that Amazon could utilize their voice assistant Alexa, to remind customers when their due for their medication and when prescriptions need to be refilled.
There is no further information on whether Amazon would operate PillPack independently or integrate the business onto its platform online and on the app.
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