The Future Of Mail-Order Prescriptions
Did you know that most major pharmacies actually offer same-day delivery for your prescriptions? That’s right – a lot of that running around to get to the pharmacy on time may not be necessary. You can order your prescriptions and have them delivered to your mailbox.
Pros and Cons
There aren’t a whole lot of cons to mail-order prescriptions. The main concern is that you lose the face-to-face interaction with your pharmacist, but you can call and ask your questions, or ask your doctor instead. Another concern is that you won’t receive your medication in time or that it will be stolen from your doorstep. Thanks to same-day delivery, you won’t have to worry too much about that, especially if you plan ahead or choose the “auto-refill” option, so you can automatically receive your prescriptions in the mail when they are ready for a refill.
If you’re worried about stolen medications, remember that most prescriptions will be small enough to fit in your mailbox, and won’t be left out in the open on your doorstep. Even if they are, they will likely be in small packages that can’t be seen from the road.
The biggest pro is how much time you can save by not having to make monthly, weekly, or daily trips to the pharmacy. With the click of a button, all you have to do is wait to receive your medications. You won’t have to stand in line or leave work early to make it before closing anymore.
Plus, shipping is usually free. Pharmacies actually save money through mail-order prescriptions, because they save time and labor by sending you prescriptions straight from a warehouse instead of going through the otherwise necessary steps to place it on a store shelf. You are also generally able to receive a larger supply (ex. 90-day instead of 30) by ordering online instead of walking into a store.
Amazon Joining The Game
Amazon has already completely changed the game for brick-and-mortar retailers like bookstores, toyshops, and even grocery stores! Now, they’re looking at getting involved in health care. According to USA Today, Amazon has been considering this venture for years! It could be a few more years before Amazon is able to implement this change, but it’s something to think about. It could result in thousands of privately-owned pharmacies shutting down due to lack of business. Quick-stop chains like CVS and Walgreens will likely be around for a long time, not only because they offer delivery services of their own, but also thanks to their other sales items.
Still, who knows? In ten years, maybe physical CVS and Walgreens stores will be obsolete as well. With the click of a button, we could have a box at our door filled with everything we need that day, from cold milk to prescriptions and everything in between.
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