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Amazon to Acquire PillPack

28 June 2018, 08:41 | Melissa Porter

PillPack prepackages and mails consumers pills. Pat Greenhouse The Boston Globe

PillPack prepackages and mails consumers pills.									Pat Greenhouse  The Boston Globe

Amazon's ambitions to become an online pharmacy are finally coming to fruition.

Terms were not disclosed on the deal for PillPack, an online pharmacy which operates in all 50 U.S. states and offers pre-sorted dose packaging and home delivery.

Shares of Walgreens and CVS Health Corp. fell in pre-market trading.

The US market for prescription medicine is enormous, with consumers spending $328.6bn on retail prescription drugs in 2016, according to Bloomberg. The e-commerce giant is known for its pivots into new industries, and pharmaceuticals is a profitable bet.

"PillPack is a wonderfully convenient service for getting prescription and non-prescription medications shipped to your door and doled out in packets with labeling that tells you when to take them", we wrote at the time.

It also coordinates refills and renewals, and makes sure shipments are sent on time.

The startup has raised north of $120 million in funding from big-name backers that include TechStars, Menlo Ventures, and Accel.

Here's how PillPack works: Users receive a monthly roll of pre-sorted medications with labels that include photos and instructions.

"Together with Amazon, we are eager to continue working with partners across the health care industry to help people throughout the United States who can benefit from a better pharmacy experience", PillPack chief executive TJ Parker said in a statement.

Amazon and PillPack said they expected to close the deal by the end of the year, subject to regulatory approval. "We're excited to see what we can do together on behalf of customers over time".

"Manchester is proud to be home to innovative companies like PillPack that are not only driving our city's economic growth, but improving people's lives".

The damage also spread through the pharmacy supply chain, with drug wholesalers seeing deep losses.

The company said earlier this year it will bring about 2,000 new employees to a new Seaport building, on top of an additional 900 in a new Fort Point office.

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