- CNBC reported that Amazon has started to distribute medicine in Texas.
- Drone services shrink the time from diagnosis to treatment.
- Amazon shares were down by 1% on Wednesday.
CNBC News reported that Amazon has started to distribute medicines using drones in Texas, USA. The company stated that prescription medications will be delivered to the Amazon pharmacy customers’ doorstep within 60 minutes with no additional cost. Amazon launched the Amazon pharmacy service in 2020 following its acquisition of PillPack in 2018.
Dr. Vin Gupta, Chief Medical Officer of Amazon Pharmacy, while highlighting the benefits of reducing the time between diagnosis and receiving treatment stated:
“We’re taught from the first days of medical school that there is a golden window that matters in clinical medicine. [The golden window] is the time between when a patient feels unwell and when they’re able to get treatment.”
He stated that drone delivery marks a significant step forward in shrinking the time. “Whether it’s an infectious disease or respiratory illness, early intervention can be critical to improving patient outcomes.” said Gupta. Meanwhile, shares of Amazon were down around 1% Wednesday.