Nov 17, 2020

Amazon launches online pharmacy service

Amazon has launched its own online pharmacy that will allow customers to buy prescription medicines. Amazon Pharmacy vice-president TJ Parker said it was hoping to transform an industry that "Can be inconvenient and confusing". Doctors can send prescriptions directly to Amazon Pharmacy, currently available in the US only, or patients can request a transfer from their existing retailer. Amazon, which acquired online pharmacy Pillpack for $753m in 2018, said health data would remain separate and distinct from that on its retail site and no information would be shared with advertisers without permission. Former Amazon executive James Thomson previously told BBC News he could imagine Amazon offering gym equipment, specific groceries or other products based on the health data of a particular customer.

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