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Watch out CVS and Walgreens: Amazon Pharmacy is here

Amazon has officially launched Amazon Pharmacy, and with it, its hopes of dethroning CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart as the place where most Americans get their prescription drugs. As CNBC reports, Amazon Pharmacy grew out of Amazon’s acquisition of online pharmacy PillPack in 2018.

Amazon’s launch of its own-branded online pharmacy couldn’t come at a better time. After all, more Americans are shopping online thanks to the pandemic—with many probably happy to forgo heading into a physical pharmacy if they can help it. Here’s what you need to know about Amazon’s move to become the prescription drugs king.

  • Amazon Pharmacy is available in 45 states: The states Amazon Pharmacy is not available in are Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Minnesota, though Amazon says it expects to offer Pharmacy in those states at some point in the future.

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