Amazon "Pill Pack" Rx Service

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  1. studio1087

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    I just got an email announcing PillPack. It's a service where Amazon ships all your daily meds for a 30 day period and all the pills are combined and prepackaged to be taken at the right time of day.

    https://www.amazon.com/stores/page/...channel=email_cmbv1pumdrc_190827&tag=tdpri-20

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    Amazon is getting involved in prescription drug sales.

    I use the Walgreens App on my iPhone and I think it's brilliant. The Amazon offering seems amazing to me. I'm very familiar with the auto-bagging and printing equipment for bagging all the meds (I work in packaging) but the number of different pills that they have to introduce to the bagger is incredible. This seems very modernistic. Amazon is making it easier again. Just tear open the bag and take you Amazon PillPack when you wake up in the morning.

    I think it's cool and a little scary.

    Last week I was happy because I ordered DMX cables on Friday and the package arrived on Saturday (no charge). Now it's medication. I wonder what market they'll take over next.
     
  2. electrichead

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    That's great but Amazons private delivery service sucks..They cant even manage to deliver cat food to the right house. Medication no thank you..What if it gets lost..Whole bag o worms there my friend....cat food gets lost they send you another bag..Prescription medication doesn't work like that..
     
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    Makes ya wanna invest in trucks and shipping. Still going to be a huge industry into the future. But I like the idea but again what are the safeguards?
     
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    First thing I thought when I saw this is when is the first case of someone getting the wrong pills going to happen?
     
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    +1 Me too. Not to mention the first day they miss shipping for a variety of reasons.
     
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    They should send a nurse along with it.
     
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    After watching Amazon leave a package addressed to me on my neighbor's front porch this afternoon, I don't want Bezos anywhere near my medications.

    I have as much faith in him as I do Zuckerberg.
     
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    ^ Exactly. I don't think I would trust Amazon with medications.
     
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    I'm surprised they haven't streamlined it by combining all the meds into one big pill.

    Go easy on those meds. I have only taken meds a couple times in my life. About the same amount of times I've visited a doctor.
     
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    The issues with this type of service are legion. You join the service an order your packets. Tomorrow the Doc adjusts the strength of one med. Now you've got to go through all of the packets and get rid of the old strength. OR... Amazon accidentally leaves out a med from your packets. You need that med NOW but a local pharmacy can't get access to that prescription because Amazon is holding it. OR... You find a great coupon on a med but Amazon isn't participating so you have to buy it locally and dispense it yourself along with the packet. OR... Amazon says they sent your meds but they don't show up. Now how do you get them?

    My wife is a pharmacy tech. These are the mail order med problems she deals with every single day. It is just like a guitar shop: If you do it mail order, you'll have to take any problems back to the local shop. Complications will arise because you did it mail order in the first place, only these complications affect your health.

    Bob
     
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    A couple weeks ago, there was a small padded mailing envelope in my mailbox. It was from the local community hospital, and I could feel a pill bottle inside. It had my house number on the address, but a street two blocks over from me. Since I thought someone might need the medicine soon, I didn't want to just wait and give it back to mail carrier the next day (or whenever....I don't always get mail every day) I jumped in the car and drove over to the correct house. No one was home, (or at least didn't answer door) so I left it inside the screen, and assume they got it.
    What if I hadn't been so thoughtful? (patting myself on back) Someone would have missed their meds. I'll rely on USPS or UPS for book, guitar parts, or sock deliveries.....but medicine I'd rather pick up myself.
    P.S. since it came through regular mail, I'm guessing it wasn't a controlled substance or anything critical......but who would know?
     
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    Dinner by delivery truck
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    Pills by delivery truck
    Pet food by delivery truck
    Human interaction by delivery truck
     
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    The system failure points are numerous.

    But also with the current pharmacies ... went to the regular chain one and they were out, no resupply until the following week. They looked up and found a store two towns over that had just enough for a partial fill, I think in capsules not tablets even. So drive over there.

    Having aging parents and family ... Retirement is really just a job change into implementing the nuances of the medical industry.

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    This'll bring out more porch pirates.
     
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    If I wasn't clear......I'm skeptical

    I'm very skeptical.

    The dispenser packs are going to ship in a common box size. Even with a required signature upon delivery it still seems like a remarkable theft target. The mechanical task of organizing all those different items into a vertical bagger and getting every item dump correct seems very difficult (you'd need 100% accuracy - these are drugs). God forbid that the wrong combination of pills or the wrong number of pills get dropped into one of grandma's 60 monthly baggies.

    I pick up my insulin at Walgreens. Postal insulin (the idea) frightens me. I shoot the stuff into my stomach with a needle.

    Perhaps I'm a curmudgeon. It just seems like something from a Sci Fi movie....."Look dear......next month's pill packets are here for you. Just the tear the top off and eat what's in the bag when you wake up every day".

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    I would love to have a service like that, if it worked well. My wife has a regimen that requires 105 pills per week, taken in a specific order at specified times during the day. I spend the better part of an hour every Sunday morning getting all the little pills out of the blister packs and into the right little sections of her 7-day pill-box. Lately the doctors have been tweaking the doses - one of the potential problems mentioned above - and now I have to cut several of the tiny tablets in half, too... not easy for an old guy with bad eyesight and clumsy old fingers!
     
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    Amazon for prescription service? We have great choices:

    We have Aetna for medical insurance. CVS bought Aetna. So, our choice is "Use CVS, or pay out-of-pocket anywhere else you choose".​

    CVS doesn't carry what you need? You have lots of choices of places to go and pay out-of-pocket.

    I would be worried "someone else", AKA anyone else, would not get things right, use the wrong generic, etc. The proper controls are not there.
     
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    Many good reasons above for why I'll always go thru the local retail pharmacy if possible. A few years back a prior employer's medical insurance forced me to go thru their mail-order pharmacy supplier. I hated it with a passion. But they penalized you if you got recurring refills at retail, so yes, we were coerced into using them.
     
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    why would anyone want to give Amazon their personal health information?
     
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