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In a move that signals big changes for prescription drug distribution, Amazon has agreed to buy PillPack, a fast-growing online pharmacy that offers pre-sorted doses of medicines and home delivery.

PillPack, a privately held startup, has attracted substantial interest because the company boasts it can make it easier and faster for consumers to get a prescription filled than at corner drugstores. The five-year-old company manages multiple prescriptions for customers by pre-sorting, packaging, and delivering drugs with a round-the-clock staff that can be contacted online or by phone. Its pharmacy is based in Manchester, N.H., and its business operations are located in Somerville, Mass.


Terms were not disclosed. Recently, Walmart was reportedly eyeing PillPack and willing to pay close to $1 billion.

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