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Amazon opens an online pharmacy in attempt to shake up another major industry

Amazon opens an online pharmacy in attempt to shake up another major industry
Posted at 6:41 AM, Nov 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-17 08:06:05-05

NEW YORK — Now sold on Amazon: insulin and inhalers.

The company said Tuesday that it has opened an online pharmacy, giving shoppers the chance to buy their medication on their phones and computers.

The move propels Amazon into a new business and could shake up the pharmacy industry.

The move puts the online retail giant in direct competition with big chains like CVS and Walgreens, who rely on their pharmacies to bring them a steady flow of shoppers who stop by frequently to pick up their medications.

Amazon said it will offer commonly prescribed medications starting, including creams, pills and medications that need to stay cold, like insulin.

Shoppers have to set up a profile on Amazon’s website and have doctors send prescriptions to Amazon.