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Amazon launches online subscription service for generic drugs

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Amazon has added a new exclusive benefit for its Prime members: RxPass, a $5-a-month subscription service for commonly prescribed generic medications.

Tell me more.

RxPass is a segment of the already established Amazon Pharmacy. Through the service, Prime members can search for their respective prescriptions, determine if it is eligible through RxPass, and then have it shipped for free using Amazon’s two-day shipping. To note, all medications require a valid prescription from a licensed healthcare professional).

How do I know if a prescription is available?

Amazon reports generic medications for more than 80 systemic health conditions. See a full list of the 53 most popular medications available here.

Notably, a simple search reveals ocular medications are available on the Amazon site here.

Can all Prime members sign up?

Eligibility is restricted based on a Prime member’s insurance and the state where a medication will be shipped. Members with Medicare or Medicaid are currently not eligible to sign up, and a HSA (health savings account) or FSA (federal savings account) cannot be used to pay the subscription fee.

While standard Amazon Pharmacy services are available in all 50 states, RxPass is not currently available in California, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington [State]. (via)

How often are prescriptions delivered?

Members can choose from a monthly or quarterly basis, and are able to cancel services at any time. Upon cancellation, they can continue to use RxPass through the remainder of the month already paid for.

How is this saving patients money?

Prime members can enroll by going to the Amazon Pharmacy website or app to sign up for a flat fee of $5 per month that’s added to their Prime membership and charged on the first of each month. For patients who are juggling multiple prescriptions, this could be a more cost effective option.

Are there any ocular medications available?

Yes, the list is limited as of now. Stay tuned to see if more might be available.