Amazon is expanding its online pharmacy by adding a new subscription-only service that claims to provide a discount on several common medications, from Allopurinol to Venlafaxine. The RXPass costs $5 a month and allows users to “get all their prescribed medications on the RxPass list filled as often as they need for one flat monthly fee.”
If you’re taking multiple medications (see the complete list below) that total more than $5 a month, this is a decent cost-saving strategy if you’re in a State that accepts RXPass. Currently, residents of the following States cannot participate in the subscription service: California, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington. Also, you cannot use an HSA or FSA to pay the $5 monthly fee.
Amazon claims that Prime members who subscribe to this service can save up to 68% on their meds. Via the RXPass page, the people who will “benefit most” are the following:
The question is, will you trust Amazon with your prescription information? The company claims your info will only be used under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) guidelines.
Considering how Amazon is expanding into many different areas (film, TV, gaming, meds), could this rapid and random growth lead to a major downfall? Rumors last year circulated that the company may terminate 11k workers from its global force, a move that other tech giants mirror.
Let us know your thoughts below.[Source: Amazon]