Amazon Pharmacy has launched a new savings program for diabetic customers that automatically applies coupons on insulin and other diabetes-related products, the company announced Tuesday.
The manufacturer-sponsored coupons apply to more than 15 brands, such as Novo Nordisk, Eli Lilly, Sanofi, Dexcom and Insulet, which produce a variety of related products like insulin vials, pens, continuous glucose monitors and pumps, the company said. Many of the insulin brands are available for $35 a month and Amazon Pharmacy customers receive free delivery.
The deals go beyond diabetes-related products and include drugs used in the treatment of COPD, obesity and others, the company said.
“Access to affordable diabetes medications and technology can help people living with diabetes stay healthy and avoid complications. Sadly, some of the more than 37 million Americans living with diabetes can’t afford the treatments they need to survive,” said Charles “Chuck” Henderson, chief executive officer of the American Diabetes Association, in a statement. “The ADA has been a leading voice in advocating for affordable insulin and diabetes technology. We applaud Amazon Pharmacy for innovating on behalf of patients and taking the important action to help ensure people living with diabetes can easily access the treatments they need through a transparent purchase process that automatically applies any eligible discounts.”
Coupons for the discounted drugs are applied at checkout, Amazon said.
“Imagine not knowing the price of food or other essentials before being asked to pay at the cash register—that would be a terrible experience,” said John Love, vice president of Amazon Pharmacy, in a statement. “The lack of upfront pricing in pharmacy is a pain point for customers that Amazon Pharmacy can help solve. Similar to how customers shop for the items they need on Amazon, we’re making it simpler to get critical medications. We’re thrilled to be able to help customers better find and afford their insulin.”
Dr. Vin Gupta, chief medical officer of Amazon Pharmacy, said in a statement that the program gives patients certainty on the price of their medication. “And, if the cost isn’t what they anticipate, we can more quickly find other options that are affordable and appropriate to their care,” Gupta explained. “Automatically applying coupons allows patients to better access medications that are effective and affordable, and this combination can improve adherence and support better care.”
The announcement follows a variety of new benefits launched by Amazon Pharmacy. It’s been a little over a year since the online retail giant purchased health care provider One Medical for $3.9 billion, and in January, the company launched its RxPass subscription service, which offers a variety of medications for a flat fee.
The coupons initiatve that covers diabetes medications is part of Amazon’s “Coupons on Amazon Pharmacy” program, launched in March.
At the beginning of August, the company expanded its relatively new Amazon Clinic service, which provides access to clinicians and consultations, as well as services on common health issues.