Amazon recently announced that Amazon Pharmacy is currently available in the U.S. except in the states of Hawaii, Minnesota, Kentucky, Louisiana and Illinois.
The pharmacy services offered were built around PillPack’s software, enabling Amazon Pharmacy to act as a prescription fulfillment center, in accordance with the health plans and health care insurance of consumers. Even more noteworthy is Amazon’s assurance that those without insurance can avail of Amazon’s Pharmacy services at discounted prices.
How PillPack’s Software Works
PillPack originated as an online pharmacy that used to rely on third-party software. However, as the demand increased for the fulfillment of medical prescriptions and delivery, the company decided to build its own software.
PillPack’s proprietary Pharmacy OS enabled the online pharmacy to simultaneously keep track of numerous medications; whilst saving time in delivering individual medications prescribed for patients; particularly those who have multiple medical prescriptions. Through Pharmacy OS, doctors can send individual prescriptions to Amazon Pharmacy in behalf of patients instead of writing each one out manually.
All medications will then be sent to patients in individual dispenser type of packaging, indicating the medical prescriptions on how and when the medicines will be taken.
In 2018, Amazon acquired PillPack including its Pharmacy OS software as part of fulfilling plans of entering the pharmacy space when the matter was first internally discussed in 2017. Now that the Amazon Pharmacy is available, the online store is on an equal footing with other well-known pharmaceutical retailers like CVS, Walgreens and Walmart.
What Amazon Pharmacy Offers
Amazon Pharmacy gives customers the option of receiving their prescription medications either by mail or by direct delivery right on their doorstep. The medications available are confined to both branded and generic drugs including frequently prescribed medications like metformin, sumatriptan, and insulin. Customers can also order birth control pills. However, Amazon Pharmacy does not dispense opioids and controlled medications classified as Schedule II drugs.
When looking to buy vitamins and supplements, customers can order these items from the Health & Personal Care section of the Amazon online store. .
The Amazon Pharmacy is also capable of accepting insurance, health savings account and other types of flexible spending accounts. This aspect allows simplification of communication between doctors, patients, healthcare providers and even insurers as it will make monitoring of insurance claims much easier.
The pharmacy service is available to customers who are over18 years old, who will be asked to furnish important information such as birthdate, gender, and other related info required by law as a means for pharmacists to authenticate prescriptions..
While seen as a useful tool during this period of health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Amazon Pharmacy will still continue providing this service even after the pandemic has been eradicated; giving the American people a new and more convenient method of buying and receiving their prescription medications