Amazon gets approval for wholesale drug distribution in Alabama

Alabama has given Amazon approval to sell prescription drugs at the wholesale level. That makes a full dozen and the online retailer is trying to get the okay in more states.

Posted: Nov 6, 2017 9:20 AM

Alabama has given Amazon approval to sell prescription drugs at the wholesale level.
That makes a full dozen and the online retailer is trying to get the okay in more states.

Industry insiders believe Amazon's end game is to sell drugs direct to consumers in retail.

We spoke to a local pharmacist who didn't want to go on camera, but said if Amazon enters the wholesale prescription business - it could potentially drive down the cost of drugs.

We found a consumer who agrees.

"Hopefully it will help prices everywhere. Competition is what keeps prices down," said Danny Faulk, who lives in Huntsville.
Faulk says he's all for Amazon becoming a wholesale distributor to local pharmacies.

"I'm in favor of that," Faulk said.

The pharmacist we spoke with said having Amazon in the marketplace could help keep costs down for people who pay cash for their prescriptions.

He figures it wouldn't hurt the pharmaceutical business at all, since he said insurance pays for most drugs.

But they don't have a license to sell drugs to consumers directly.

However, Faulk says just the idea of Amazon selling medicine to customers seems more convenient to him.

"We get so many things from Amazon already," Faulk said.

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