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.

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