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Amazon launches online pharmacy in India

BBC Technology 14 Aug 2020 04:48
Online retail giant Amazon has launched an internet pharmacy in India.Image copyright Getty Images

Online retail giant Amazon has launched an internet pharmacy in India, marking its entry into the country's online medicine market.

Amazon Pharmacy will make its debut in Bangalore and it may be trialled in other Indian cities.

The move comes as the online drugs business has been given a major boost during the coronavirus pandemic.

This year US technology giants have invested billions of dollars in the Indian economy.

The Amazon Pharmacy service offers prescription, over-the-counter and traditional Ayurveda medication as well as basic health devices.

“This is particularly relevant in present times as it will help customers meet their essential needs while staying safe at home," an Amazon spokesperson said.

At the end of last year, the company introduced its Amazon Pharmacy branding to PillPack's service.

The move was seen as a sign that the company was set to significantly expand its prescription drugs business outside of the US.

In recent months India has seen billions of dollars of investment by US technology giants.

Speaking at a company event in New Delhi in January, he said the 21st Century is "going to be the Indian century".

In May, Amazon entered India's meal delivery business with a trial in four parts of Banglore.

The Alphabet-owned search engine agreed to pay $4.5bn for a 7.7% stake in Jio Platforms.

Also in July, Google said it would invest about $10bn in India over the next five to seven year, joining a list of new investors in Jio that includes Facebook, Intel and Qualcomm.

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