For only five bucks a month, Amazon Prime members can now get unlimited generic drugs sent right to their doorstep!
What could go wrong?
Amazon has launched a new subscription service called RxPass, allowing its Prime customers access to over 50 generic prescription drugs to treat 80 common conditions.
Depressed? Anxious? Having trouble in the bedroom?
Well, sit back and order with a click – basically, no questions asked. And delivery is free!
The list of drugs available includes the antibiotic amoxicillin, Viagra, sertraline (Zoloft), benzatropine, and dozens of other hard-to-pronounce prescriptions.
All medicines require a valid prescription, but the program does not use insurance, and the drugs are not available for people with government-funded Medicaid or Medicare coverage.
Once the drugs are delivered to your door, there isn't much stopping a person from handing them out like candy or selling them like, well... drugs.
Those porch pirates (thieves that steal packages from front doors) are about to come across some serious goodies.
Amazon has pushed deeper into health care in recent years. The company launched its own online pharmacy in 2020, a service that was born out of its acquisition of PillPack in 2018. Amazon introduced, then shuttered, a telehealth service called Amazon Care, and announced in July it would acquire boutique primary care provider One Medical.
Amazon also offers a Prime prescription savings benefit, which offers a discount of up to 80% on generic medications and up to 40% on brand-name prescriptions.
Amazon is beefing up perks for its Prime subscription program as CEO Andy Jassy looks to cut costs elsewhere in the company. Amazon has eyed laying off about 18,000 employees, while it froze hiring in its corporate workforce and axed some projects. Still, Jassy has said Amazon intends to keep pursuing long-term opportunities, including health care.
Vin Gupta, Amazon's chief medical officer, said the company aims to deliver a pharmacy experience that is "fundamentally different" from how pharmacies have existed in the past.
This is still day one for us where we're at our beginning stages here, but we recognize that change is needed. That's what patients across the country are telling us, and that's what Amazon is responding to.
Gupta declined to comment on whether or not Amazon will expand the list of medications like insulin, but he said that approximately 150 million people are on at least one of the medications included in the RxPass program.
So, what do we think about this?
Is the RxPass convenient and the way of the future?
Or is it just too convenient?