Amazon made headlines Tuesday when it officially announced it has added pharmacy services to its array of offerings.
Through a service called Amazon Pharmacy, the retail giant will enable customers to order and manage their prescriptions online. Amazon Prime members even get unlimited free two-day delivery on their prescriptions, along with other savings.
Before you rush to transfer your prescriptions to Amazon Pharmacy, though, make sure to compare all costs carefully. For example, while fast and free shipping is one of the things Amazon is known for, you shouldn’t necessarily be swayed by Amazon Pharmacy’s free delivery alone.
Various pharmacies have been offering that freebie for years. In fact, the chances are good that your own pharmacy offers free delivery, especially if it’s part of a chain.
Following is a look at some of the other retailers besides Amazon that currently offer free delivery or free shipping for prescription drugs. In some cases, free shipping may be a temporary offer or may take longer than two days. But at some of these retailers, free prescription delivery is always just as fast as that of Amazon Pharmacy.
Costco members can get their prescriptions delivered from the warehouse club’s home delivery pharmacy service.
Medications and refills can be ordered on the retailer’s website. Standard shipping is free. However, standard shipping takes six to 14 days for delivery.
CVS is offering free one- to two-day delivery for eligible prescription orders until Dec. 31. Medicines are delivered by the courier service Shipt.
Visit the CVS website to learn how to get started with this free offer.
Texas residents now can get free prescription delivery from their local H-E-B store. Rather than using the mail, participating stores will have medications delivered during the hours of 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and, in select locations, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.
There is no charge for the service, although H-E-B notes that some insurers may restrict home delivery. Someone age 18 or older must be home to accept the medication delivery.
4. Rite Aid
Controlled substances and refrigerated medications are not eligible for delivery.
Target partners with CVS for its in-store pharmacies, so Target customers can receive the same free delivery service that CVS is offering until Dec. 31.
Walgreens drug stores offer several options for home delivery, two of which are free.
Free Walgreens Express delivery brings prescriptions from your local pharmacy to your door in one to two days.
Prescriptions can also be ordered online and shipped. Free standard shipping takes five to 10 business days.
Through the Walmart Home Delivery Pharmacy, Walmart’s mail-order pharmacy service, customers can receive free standard shipping.
Free standard shipping takes five to seven days for delivery.