Amazon starts $5/month prescription drug subscriptions


Amazon launches RxPass in the US. RxPass is a new drug subscription exclusive to Prime members that charges users a $5 per month fee to have eligible prescriptions shipped to their doorstep. Amazon’s RxPass subscription program, announced in a press release on Tuesday, offers generic medications to treat more than 80 common health conditions, including high blood pressure, hair loss, anxiety and acid reflux.

The $5 fee includes shipping and is in addition to Prime customers’ existing monthly subscription fee. The RxPass fee is a flat rate and does not increase even if the user requests multiple prescriptions each month. Medications may be given monthly or quarterly depending on prescription requirements. Conditions covered also include allergies, diabetes (other than insulin), and anemia. Amazon says more than 150 million Americans are already taking one or more medications available through RxPass. A full list of over-the-counter medications covered by RxPass subscriptions can be found on the Amazon Pharmacy website.

RxPass is not available to customers enrolled in government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.

Amazon has launched several healthcare services in recent years. The company ended its original Amazon Care telehealth program (launched in 2019) last November in favor of the new Amazon Clinic telehealth service. RxPass subscriptions are offered by Amazon Pharmacy, an affordable online pharmacy launched in 2020 exclusively for Prime members.

RxPass subscription service is currently available in most US states. Amazon has not announced plans to expand its service outside the United States or expand its drug list. Customers enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid, or other government health care programs are not eligible for RxPass, but can still fill prescriptions at Amazon Pharmacy using their government insurance.

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