Doctor says Amazon’s pharmacy is the ‘best place to find prescription drugs’
A US doctor who has been using Amazon pharmacies to find drugs for a range of ailments says the service is a “game-changer” for health care.
“It’s like a game-changers for the people,” Dr Stephen Ritchie, an allergist at Emory University in Atlanta, said on Monday.
“They can get everything that they need.”
Dr Ritchie is one of hundreds of people who use Amazon to find medicine for ailments ranging from allergies to depression.
He said he was one of the lucky ones because he found some of the more rare prescription drugs he needed for his own needs.
“I’m very grateful to have the access to the pharmacy,” Dr Rigginson said.
“When I started doing it, I never thought it would be so helpful.”
Amazon’s drug ordering system has become one of its biggest drivers of demand for prescription drugs, with some of its products being sold in the United States at prices as low as $1.99 per pill.
Amazon has been the biggest supplier of prescription drugs in the US for some years, with sales growing by more than a third in the last five years.
Dr Rugginson, a specialist in allergy medicine, said the service had helped him get a prescription from a local pharmacy that was only a 10 minute drive from his house in the Atlanta suburb of Woodstock.
Dr Steve Ritchie said Amazon’s drugs were easy to use.
“You just look at the list of items you want, click the buy button and that’s it,” he said.
The pharmacy was not open for business, but Dr Riginson had bought a bag of prescription medicine from a colleague in his Amazon shopping cart, and when he arrived, he was given a prescription by a customer who picked it up at a nearby Walmart store.
Dr Riggison said he had not had any trouble with Amazon pharmacies before.
“But now, when I go into the pharmacy, I can’t imagine what the first thing they are going to say is, ‘oh we need your medication, it’s too expensive’,” he said