BusinessAmazon: Monthly Subscription to... Unlimited Medicines

Amazon: Monthly Subscription to… Unlimited Medicines

$5 per month for unlimited drugs. Amazon on Tuesday launched a monthly subscription in the United States that allows you to purchase an unlimited number of generic prescription drugs at no additional cost. According to the press release, the offer is for Prime customers. A service called RxPass offers a range of generic drugs to treat “over 80 common diseases”. The company estimates that more than 150 million Americans take one or more of them occasionally or regularly.

RxPass does not require the intervention of an insurance company, unlike the conventional system, in which the cost of drugs is fully or partially covered by mutual insurance or the public coverage of Medicare and Medicaid.

Similar offerings on the market

This initiative is indicative of Amazon’s desire to continue to develop its healthcare offering, whether it be medicines or care. In particular, at the end of July, the group announced the acquisition of One Medical, a network of private medical institutions, for $3.9 billion.

The Seattle giant is also expanding the services offered by its Prime subscription, which already offers, in addition to free shipping on Amazon orders, a large catalog of movies, series and music titles. The cost of the RxPass subscription will be added to the price already paid for Prime.

RxPass is one of the most advanced formulas in the low-cost drug market with Walmart’s Retail Group’s drug list service that provides a $4 monthly course of this generic drug.

In October, startup Renee launched a $25 subscription drug offering from around 1,000 medicines at no additional cost.

Marius BOKE with AFP

Source: TF1


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