After years of openly flirting with disruption healthcare sector, Amazon went all out on Tuesday in its debut RxPassa new subscription service that gives Amazon Prime members unlimited prescription drugs for an additional $5 monthly fee.
According to Amazon, RxPass is designed for people who are uninsured or whose insurance doesn’t cover certain drugs, and customers don’t need health insurance to sign up for RxPass. While it doesn’t carry every drug out there, RxPass offers 60 generic drugs used to treat more than 80 common health conditions. explained, including allergies, depression, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. As a plus, people who use RxPass get their medications delivered to their homes for free.
To sign up for RxPass, you must be one Amazon Prime member, which will cost you $14.99 per month or $139 per year. The company has published complete list of 60 prescription drugs.
When cross-referencing data from a 2018 survey of the most prescribed drugs in the US, Gizmodo found that RxPass covered 16 of the 50 most-prescribed drugs in the study. These included lisinopril, which was the #1 most prescribed medication and is used to treat high blood pressure. Lisinopril is sold under the brand name Zestril. In addition, the popular cholesterol substance atorvastatin (Lipitor); the cholesterol drug simvastatin (Zocor); and omeprazole (Prilosec), which is used to treat indigestion, heartburn, and acid reflux, is also covered by RxPass.
Without RxPass, the cost of these medications without insurance seems to be on the low side, although it depends on the dose. According to Drugs.com, a month’s supply is gone lisinopril will set you back between $10-20. In the meantime, a month’s supply of atorvastatin run between $20-50, and a month’s supply of simvastatin costs between $12-40. Finally a month’s supply of omeprazole are priced between $12-60.
While these prices may not seem particularly high at first, it is important to note that a significant number of Americans take more than one prescription drug. That National Center for Health Statistics found that 24% of Americans had used three or more prescription drugs in the past 30 days in 2018, adding that 12.8% took five or more prescription drugs. All in all, if you take at least three prescription drugs a month every month and you don’t have insurance, it can add up.