- Amazon has just opened a pharmacy that allows customers to have prescription drugs delivered with no delivery fee.
- Here are all the steps I took to get my prescription medication delivered to me via Amazon.
- I learned that the company does not yet offer 90-day fillings, nor does it automatically refill prescriptions.
- Amazon said free shipping would take five days for my script because I am not a premier member.
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Amazon has just opened a pharmacy that allows customers to have prescription drugs delivered as if they wanted clothes or home items.
Amazon Pharmacy, launched on Tuesday, offers to supply the most generic prescription drugs and name tags to most U.S. customers at no delivery fee. Doctors can call prescription orders directly to Amazon, or pharmacies like CVS can transfer them.
Amazon Prime members get special benefits, such as discounts of up to 80% on generic drugs and 40% on branded medicines, when they pay without insurance and two-day delivery. The service is not available in Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana or Minnesota.
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I decided to see how the process works first hand by ordering my prescription medication through Amazon. I̵
I quickly signed up for the service, but Amazon said it takes days to get prescriptions transferred from other pharmacies. After I asked my prescribing doctor to transfer my medication, the company said that free delivery would take 5 days.
“Starting right from the Amazon.com store, it’s easy to enter a drug name and see availability and any savings for Prime members,” said Amazon spokeswoman Jacquelyn Miller. “Before they check out, customers with registered insurance can compare their co-payment, the price without insurance or the available savings with the new Prime prescription savings benefit to choose their lowest price option.”
Here are all the steps I took to get my medication from Amazon Pharmacy. Amazon was not immediately available for comment.