Amazon launches online pharmacy in India in historic move

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

Amazon Pharmacy will supply home medical supplies & equipment, healthcare packages, prescription medication, healthcare devices and more.

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.

A spokesperson for Amazon said: "We are launching Amazon Pharmacy in Bangalore allowing customers to order prescription-based medication in addition to over-the-counter medicines, basic health devices and Ayurveda medication from certified sellers."

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

Amazon started moved into pharmaceutical retailing in 2017 and later acquired mail-order online pharmacy PillPack.

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

In January, Amazon filed to trademark the name Amazon Pharmacy in the UK, Australia and Canada.

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

Amazon has set ambitious plans for expansion in the world's largest democracy, where it has invested more than $6.5bn (£5bn).

Established in 1994 by Jeff Bezos, Amazon has grown from a little-known online bookstore to become the world’s largest e-retailer, with its product portfolio now including everything from diapers and baby food to healthcare and home cleaning services.