Amazon Pharmacy?

Volatire

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Amazon is looking into becoming an on-line pharmacy. Retail drugstore stocks in the US are tanking, so this is more than mere speculation.

Drugstore stocks tumble as Amazon considers selling prescription drugs online

Amazon.com Inc. is almost certain to enter the business of selling prescription drugs by 2019, said two analysts at Leerink Partners, posing a direct threat to the U.S.’s biggest brick-and-mortar drugstore chains.

“It’s a matter of when, not if,” Leerink Partners analyst David Larsen said in a report to clients late Thursday. “We expect an announcement within the next 1-2 years.”

Amazon has a long standing interest in prescription drugs, an industry with multiple middlemen, long supply chains and opaque pricing. In the 1990s, it invested in startup Drugstore.com and Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos sat on the board.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-06/amazon-looms-over-pharmacy-chains-as-analysts-see-market-entry

It seems to me that this is long overdue.

Doctors should issue prescriptions to their patients via an authenticated on-line tool, which can be accepted by the online pharmacy. Amazon would have power to push down the price of drugs, especially in over-priced markets such as Ireland.

Volatire sees this as a very good thing. No doubt the racketeers in the EU and Pharma companies will try to block it.
 


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Amazon is looking into becoming an on-line pharmacy. Retail drugstore stocks in the US are tanking, so this is more than mere speculation.

Drugstore stocks tumble as Amazon considers selling prescription drugs online



https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-06/amazon-looms-over-pharmacy-chains-as-analysts-see-market-entry

It seems to me that this is long overdue.

Doctors should issue prescriptions to their patients via an authenticated on-line tool, which can be accepted by the online pharmacy. Amazon would have power to push down the price of drugs, especially in over-priced markets such as Ireland.

Volatire sees this as a very good thing.
A very bad idea indeed. Will they have the expertise to avoid toxic pairings of medication, or to regulate how much they dispense? The work of a pharmacist is much more than merely dispensing drugs.
 

Catalpast

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I can see all kinds of problems with this one...

Too many hostages to Fortune...
 

mr_anderson

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A very bad idea indeed. Will they have the expertise to avoid toxic pairings of medication, or to regulate how much they dispense? The work of a pharmacist is much more than merely dispensing drugs.
It would actually help prevent toxic pairings.
With all your prescriptions online, any potential clash could be much easier spotted.
 

Notachipanoaktree

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A very bad idea indeed. Will they have the expertise to avoid toxic pairings of medication, or to regulate how much they dispense? The work of a pharmacist is much more than merely dispensing drugs.
AS usual. Bo*lox from the all knowing IT squirrel.
 

fergal1790

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Won't they first have to change the laws here to allow medicines to be sent in the post? Currently it is an offence to buy or order medicines that are sent through the postal network unless you have a licence to import them.
 

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Won't they first have to change the laws here to allow medicines to be sent in the post? Currently it is an offence to buy or order medicines that are sent through the postal network unless you have a licence to import them.
Yes, and overturning anti-competitive legislation is not something we have a habit of doing in a hurry, unfortunately. This will end up like Uber.
 

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AS usual. Bo*lox from the all knowing IT squirrel.
So says the local patently off his tits, out of his head, wired to the sun, moon and stars spacecadet captain.

Ahhh how I laughed. You are just the type of screwball who would argue for unregulated access to psychotropics.
 

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I think Amazon is getting far too much of a stronghold in the market and needs reigning in. If this keeps going they'll end up putting so many competitors out of business across all sectors of the market that they can charge what they like and people will be forced to buy it or go without.
 

RasherHash

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Amazon is looking into becoming an on-line pharmacy. Retail drugstore stocks in the US are tanking, so this is more than mere speculation.

Drugstore stocks tumble as Amazon considers selling prescription drugs online



https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-06/amazon-looms-over-pharmacy-chains-as-analysts-see-market-entry

It seems to me that this is long overdue.

Doctors should issue prescriptions to their patients via an authenticated on-line tool, which can be accepted by the online pharmacy. Amazon would have power to push down the price of drugs, especially in over-priced markets such as Ireland.

Volatire sees this as a very good thing. No doubt the racketeers in the EU and Pharma companies will try to block it.
Great if it brings down the scandalous cartel that Maintain's high prices here.
 

Notachipanoaktree

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So says the local patently off his tits, out of his head, wired to the sun, moon and stars spacecadet captain.

Ahhh how I laughed. You are just the type of screwball who would argue for unregulated access to psychotropics.
Twat. Never mentioned the rights and wrongs of unregulated access here, on this occasion.

FYI Clearly you cannot read.

Nobody more Anti-Neoliberal, anti-MNC, anti fn idiot low IQ grad like you here-about. Ye Fn AH
 
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It would actually help prevent toxic pairings.
With all your prescriptions online, any potential clash could be much easier spotted.
Not if you have multiple identities on the net.

There's also the matter of someone intercepting stuff such as Xanax in transit.
 
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It would actually help prevent toxic pairings.
With all your prescriptions online, any potential clash could be much easier spotted.
What if Google are also offering prescription drugs?
 

Deadlock

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Twat. Never mentioned the rights and wrongs of unregulated access here, on this occasion.

FYI Clearly you cannot read.

Nobody more Anti-Neloliberal, anti-MNC, anti fn idiot low IQ grad like you here-about.
No one - least of all you yourself - has the first iota of an inkling what you post about in your insane inane gavel-gazing exercises here.

Jog on.
 

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Amazon is looking into becoming an on-line pharmacy. Retail drugstore stocks in the US are tanking, so this is more than mere speculation.

Drugstore stocks tumble as Amazon considers selling prescription drugs online



https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-06/amazon-looms-over-pharmacy-chains-as-analysts-see-market-entry

It seems to me that this is long overdue.

Doctors should issue prescriptions to their patients via an authenticated on-line tool, which can be accepted by the online pharmacy. Amazon would have power to push down the price of drugs, especially in over-priced markets such as Ireland.

Volatire sees this as a very good thing. No doubt the racketeers in the EU and Pharma companies will try to block it.

Look at this service. Even better:

https://www.pillpack.com/
 

Notachipanoaktree

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No one - least of all you yourself - has the first iota of an inkling what you post about in your insane inane gavel-gazing exercises here.

Jog on.
Nobody more Pro-Neoliberal, Pro-MNC, Pro fn idiot low IQ grad like you here-about than the two-faced Squirrel. Ye Fn AH
 
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It would actually help prevent toxic pairings.
With all your prescriptions online, any potential clash could be much easier spotted.
It wouldn't prevent such pairings if you are also using over the counter medication which is contraindicated.

The point is that for safety one would have to put one's entire medical history and medication on the 'net *and* make it available to *all* online suppliers of prescription drugs. That is the only way to safely dispense medication. There would have to be communication between the online "pharmacies". The HIPAA act in the US would not allow for this information sharing. Data protection laws in Europe might also be similarly constricting to such an idea.
 
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Great if it brings down the scandalous cartel that Maintain's high prices here.
It's been a while since I bought prescription drugs in Ireland, but here they are free. If you use generic brands. If you want the named pharmaceutical brand then you pay the difference.
 

mr_anderson

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Not if you have multiple identities on the net.

There's also the matter of someone intercepting stuff such as Xanax in transit.
You wouldn't be creating some anonymous username.
It would be very much your own name & probably PPS number.
Doc logs on and uploads the prescription to your specific account.
 


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