Amazon now offers a monthly subscription called Amazon RxPass for $5 that includes access to unlimited prescription medications. RxPass is a service only available to Prime members that provides access to generic drugs for over 80 prevalent medical conditions.
RxPass is not available to customers who participate in Medicare, Medicaid, or any other government healthcare program; however, these customers may still utilize their government insurance to purchase medications from Amazon Pharmacy.
What is Amazon RxPass?
In the United States, Amazon has introduced RxPass, a new drug subscription service for Prime members that will deliver qualifying prescription prescriptions directly to customers’ homes for a flat monthly fee of $5.
Over 80 common health ailments, such as high blood pressure, hair loss, anxiety, and acid reflux, are serviced by the Amazon RxPass subscription program, as announced in a press release on Tuesday.
“We are excited to offer our customers surprisingly simple, low pricing on the eligible medications they need each month.”
-John Love, vice president of Amazon Pharmacy.
The shipping cost is rolled into the $5 fee, which is added to Prime members’ regular monthly subscriptions. There is only one monthly RxPass price, regardless of how many medications a customer needs to fill.
Monthly or quarterly medication deliveries are available, depending on the needs of the patient’s doctor. The program also addresses allergies, Type 2 diabetes (without insulin), and anemia. According to Amazon, more than 150 million Americans regularly use at least one of the RxPass-covered prescriptions. The Amazon pharmacy website has a complete list of generic drugs included in the RxPass membership.
Subscriptions for RxPass are fulfilled by Amazon Pharmacy, a low-cost online pharmacy available only to Prime members.
Today, you can access RxPass in 49 of the 50 states. Amazon has not yet commented on whether or not it aims to increase the number of pharmaceuticals it offers or whether or if it would offer the service in countries other than the United States.
Amazon and healthcare
Amazon has been trying to break into the healthcare market for years.
Amazon has introduced a number of health-related offerings in recent years. In November of 2018, Amazon discontinued its 2019-era telehealth program, Amazon Care, in favor of the more recent Amazon Clinic.