What is the ‘Amazon Pharmacy’?
In 2016, the US Postal Service launched the Amazon Pharmacy program to distribute Amazon’s signature pharmacy medications.
Now, in 2019, the USPS is giving it another shot with a new program called “Amazon Pharmacies.”
According to a press release, the program will be open to eligible individuals who have no prescriptions in their bank account and no physical address on which to collect medication from the pharmacy.
The program, which runs from March 16 to June 22, is intended to provide a better service for patients and address pharmacy overcrowding, according to a spokesperson for the USPS.
“These new Amazon Pharmacies will be staffed with trained pharmacists to help ensure that you receive the right medication at the right time,” the spokesperson told The Verge.
“We have been working closely with the pharmacy community to address pharmacy demand issues.”
The USPS has been working to address pharmacies shortage issues for several years.
In 2013, the agency announced that it would launch a pilot program for pharmacy closings, including a program called Amazon Pharmases.
In the program, pharmacies would be able to open up to 50 percent of their stock for use by their customers, and the rest of the stock would be sent to a customer’s account via the mail.
The USPS said at the time that it had more than 5,500 Amazon Pharmas in its network, and that the pilot program was supposed to help the agency address the problem of too many pharmacists on the road.
Amazon is expected to begin testing the program at pharmacies in March 2019, but it’s unclear how many pharmacacy closings will be available at once.