Sizzling on the heels of shutting down the AmazonSmile charity platform, a brand new add-on to Amazon Prime has been revealed. It goals to fill prescriptions for generic medicines for one low month-to-month value.
Amazon already runs a pharmacy by means of its on-line retailer, bolstered by the acquisition of PillPack in 2018, however now the corporate goes a step additional. As an alternative of shopping for every drug individually, Amazon is launching an non-compulsory subscription referred to as RxPass, priced at $5 per thirty days in america. No medical health insurance is required, however most (if not all) of the medicines are managed substances that require a prescription from a physician.
RxPass doesn’t cowl each drug Amazon sells, nevertheless it does present entry to “generally prescribed generic medicines that deal with greater than 80 widespread well being situations.” There’s a full listing on the RxPass web site, which incorporates anti-inflammatory medicine like Piroxicam and Naproxen, 9 medicines for hypertension and cardiac dysrhythmias, and even some medicine for treating Parkinson’s illness.
The brand new subscription might probably avoid wasting individuals some huge cash, however there’s a darker facet to RxPass. CNN experiences that the subscription is nearly definitely a loss chief for Amazon, which means it’s meant to keep up subscriptions to Amazon Prime slightly than be self-sustaining. You’re most likely going to be much less more likely to cancel Amazon Prime on the subsequent value hike if it’s chargeable for your entry to crucial medicine, and Amazon’s FAQ web page says cancelling Prime will even cancel RxPass.
RxPass is obtainable beginning right this moment in 42 US states.
Supply: Amazon, CNN