In a world/country where prescription medication can cost upwards of hundreds, even thousands, of dollars a month for many people, Amazon is changing things. The online retail giant launched RxPass, a new add-on subscription service that provides Amazon Prime members with unlimited generic prescription medications for a $5 monthly fee.
That isn't $5 per medication — that's $5 total, with free shipping, for all of your meds that are offered in the program. RxPass is designed for people who take one or more medications a month and are uninsured or whose insurance doesn't cover their medications. Health insurance isn't needed to sign up for the service.
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RxPass doesn't stock every medication that you can get at your local pharmacy, but it does offer 60 generic medications used to treat more than 80 common health conditions, according to Amazon's press release.
Amazon's full list of available prescriptions can be found here, and it includes lisinopril under the name Zestril, which is used to treat high blood pressure; cholesterol drug atorvastatin (Lipitor); omeprazole (Prilosec) for indigestion, acid reflux, and heartburn; and naproxen, an anti-inflammatory drug used to treat pain in joints and muscles.
To get started, subscribe to RxPass for $5 a month. To pinpoint which medications are part of the program, look for "Included with RxPass" when searching on Amazon. From there, add your eligible medications.