More Americans are turning to prescription delivery services in the wake of the pandemic, and Amazon Pharmacy is here to help.
Amazon is doing what they do best — flexing their retail muscles by discounting prescriptions and delivering them quickly.
Here’s what you need to know:
Amazon Pharmacy delivers prescriptions in two days.
Whether you’re a Prime member or not, Amazon Pharmacy is available for free two-day delivery on prescription orders.
Set up a secure account with your personal info, and then your medical provider can begin sending prescriptions right to Amazon Pharmacy.
Or, if you want to transfer your prescriptions from another pharmacy, Amazon Pharmacy will reach out for you.
TIP: Amazon doesn’t (yet) have same-day prescription delivery, so they advise going through your local pharmacy for quick turnaround prescriptions.
If you have to pay for meds, Amazon Prime has a discount program.
Whether you’re uninsured or you otherwise have to pay out of pocket for prescriptions, Prime members have access to PrimeRx, a free savings program.
Similar to GoodRx, PrimeRx promises discounts of up to 80% on generic medications and up to 40% on brand-name prescriptions.
Present your digital discount card at 50,000 participating pharmacies across the country (as well as Amazon Pharmacy) to get the benefits.
You can pick the lowest price option for prescriptions at checkout.
At checkout, customers see the copay price for their medication if they go through insurance, as well as the price to bypass insurance — so they can choose the lowest-price option.
PrimeRx members will see their discounts applied to the non-insurance price at checkout. Many times, that price could be cheaper than the insurance copay.
Amazon Pharmacy doesn’t accept Amazon gift cards as payment.
In case you got excited that you could use all of the free Amazon credits you earned to pay for prescriptions, be aware that at this time, Amazon Pharmacy doesn’t accept them. Acceptable payment methods include:
- Major credit/debit cards
- Amazon credit cards (Amazon Store Card, Amazon Rewards Visa Signature Card)
- Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) for eligible items
- Health Savings Accounts (HSA) for eligible items
Amazon Pharmacy customers have access to real pharmacists.
Customers can learn more about their medications, use online self-service help tools, and chat with pharmacists on the phone 24/7 at no extra charge.
Beats waiting around at a drugstore during COVID.
Yes, you can still get PillPack.
Amazon has built their new pharmacy program on the infrastructure of PillPack, an established online pharmacy.
The difference between the two is that Amazon Pharmacy is a lot like your traditional pharmacy, giving you medications in bottles. PillPack, on the other hand, sorts and organizes multiple medications into packets, organized by date and time.
Amazon Pharmacy takes two days, while PillPack orders are in bulk and take two to four weeks.