Amazon launches Amazon Pharmacy for prescription medicine delivery
YOU ARE THE PRODUCT
- Prime members will get perks like free delivery and discounts on drugs
- Amazon Pharmacy will also sell medication to people without insurance
Amazon Pharmacy is built in part on PillPack’s infrastructure, including its pharmacy software, fulfillment centers, and relationships with health plans.
$300 billion market, and threatens the dominance of traditional pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens, as well as other large retailers that offer pharmacy services, including Walmart.
Customers over the age of 18 will have access to the pharmacy service this week in 45 states, not including Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana and Minnesota.
Doctors can send prescriptions directly to Amazon Pharmacy, or patients can request a transfer from an existing retailer, like CVS or Walgreens.
Amazon says it has tools to verify that a physician legitimately ordered each prescription, and to tamp down on potential fraud.
What in the hell can we do to stop this?
I never consented to have my private health data given to the DEA.
Can we mount legal challenges?
AMAZON PHARMACY SURVEILLANCE
Now DEA is proposing a new system that makes PDMPs look like child’s play. “the DEA is interested in its agents having ‘unlimited access to patient de-identified data’ on re/filled prescriptions, daily supply, payment type, dosing information and gender.”
Those are direct quotes from the DEA’s request for proposals. Like, this isn’t some hidden deep-state conspiracy.
reports. And “patient de-identified data,” btw, means your name, DOB, and other personal info.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is looking to expand its anti-diversion surveillance infrastructure by being able to search and analyze myriad patient behaviors for the vast majority of controlled and scheduled drug prescriptions—all accompanied by a rapid process for legally unveiling personally identifying information.