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Amazon dives deep into health care with drug deals for U.S. Prime members VentureBeat The Machine



IT House news on January 24, according to CNBC reports, Amazon announced on January 24 that it will provide new prescription subsidies for Prime members in the United States, hoping to increase membership subscriptions and attract users to use its pharmacy services.

IT Home learned that,The add-on service, called RxPass, will allow Prime members to get the drugs they need from a list of 50 generic drugsthese medicines can treat more than 80 common chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure, anxiety and diabetes.The service costs $5 per person per month with free home delivery.

In recent years, Amazon has delved deeper into the healthcare space. The company launched its own online pharmacy in 2020, a service born out of its 2018 acquisition of PillPack. Amazon also launched a telehealth service called Amazon Care, then shut it down, and announced in July that it would acquire boutique primary care provider One Medical.

Plus, Amazon offers Prime Prescription Drug Deals, offering up to 80% off generics and up to 40% off branded prescription drugs.

Amazon is beefing up the perks of its Prime subscription program as CEO Andy Jassy looks to cut costs elsewhere at the company. Amazon has considered laying off about 18,000 workers, while freezing company hiring and cutting projects. Still, Jassy said Amazon intends to continue pursuing long-term opportunities, including healthcare.

Amazon’s chief medical officer, Vin Gupta, said the company’s goal is to provide a pharmacy experience that is “fundamentally different” from the way pharmacies have existed for decades.

RxPass does not provide insulin or specialty medications, nor is it available to those on Medicaid or Medicare. Gupta declined to say whether Amazon would expand the list of drugs offered through RxPass in the future.

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