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Amazon to deliver medicines through online pharmacy in Bengaluru

Amazon will deliver medicines through an online service called Amazon Pharmacy. The services have been piloted in Bengaluru.

twitter-logoYasmin Ahmed | August 14, 2020 | Updated 17:14 IST
(Source: Reuters)

Highlights

  • The online drugstore will offer both over-the-counter and prescription-based drugs, basic health devices and certified Indian herbal medicines.
  • Amazon said that an online pharmacy is particularly relevant in the time of COVID.
  • The company has not given an official launch date for the online pharmacy.

E-commerce giant Amazon has announced the launch of an online pharmacy in the city of Bengaluru.The service called Amazon Pharmacy will pilot in Bengaluru. The online drugstore will offer both over-the-counter and prescription-based drugs, basic health devices and traditional Indian herbal medicines. However, there is no launch date announced by the company.

"As a part of our commitment to fulfill the needs of customers, we are launching Amazon Pharmacy in Bengaluru allowing customers to order prescription-based medication in addition to over-the-counter medicines, basic health devices and Ayurveda medication from certified sellers. This is particularly relevant in present times as it will help customers meet their essential needs while staying safe at home," an Amazon spokesperson told India Today.

In January, Amazon filed to trademark the name Amazon Pharmacy in the UK, Australia and Canada, as per a report by the BBC. The move was seen as a sign that the company was set to significantly expand its prescription drugs business outside of the US.

Amazon Pharmacy will face competition from existing online medical stores like Medlife, Netmeds, Temasek-backed PharmEasy, and Sequoia Capital-backed 1mg.

Last month, the company decided to open 10 new warehouses in India and start offering auto insurance. Amazon had also secured clearance for alcohol delivery in one Indian state, as per Reuters.

Amazon Pharmacy's launch comes months after the launch of Amazon Food, which was also launched in some pin codes of Bengaluru. Some users in Bengaluru can see the food delivery option under Amazon Food.

"Free and contactless delivery, hygiene certifies restaurants," Amazon highlighted on the app. "We are launching Amazon Food in select Bangalore pin codes allowing customers to order from handpicked local restaurants and cloud kitchens that pass our high hygiene certification bar. We are adhering to the highest standards of safety to ensure our customers remain safe while having a delightful experience," an Amazon spokesperson told ET. According to the app, the service is live in parts of Bellandur, Haralur, Marathalli, and Whitefield of Bengaluru.

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