Amazon is rolling out RxPass — a new way to save money on some of the most commonly prescribed generic drugs.
With Amazon RxPass, you pay just $5 a month for all your eligible medications. This is a flat fee — so if you take three medications that are covered by RxPass, that’s just five bucks for all three of them.
Plus, the medications are delivered to your door with Prime free shipping.
The RxPass medication list currently includes 53 generic drugs that treat more than 80 common conditions, including allergies, arthritis, high blood pressure, anxiety, reflux, depression, and more.
The list also includes some common antibiotics and even tamoxifen, which is used for some types of breast cancer.
According to Amazon, as many as 150 million Americans take a medication that’s available through the RxPass monthly subscription program.
RxPass operates within Amazon’s existing pharmacy service and delivery channels. A goal of the program is to fight back against the lack of transparent pricing for prescription drugs.
Is Amazon RxPass right for me?
RxPass was designed especially to benefit people with chronic health conditions who pay for one or more prescriptions out of pocket each month.
The program is considered a benefit of Amazon Prime, so you must be a Prime member to use it.
If you’re already an Amazon Prime member, and you currently take medications that are listed as RxPass eligible, you can probably save money with RxPass. (If you’re not a Prime member, there is info below on signing up.)
RxPass is not insurance.
But it can help you save money on prescriptions if you don’t have insurance and are currently paying for monthly medications out-of-pocket.
It might also help you save money if you have very limited insurance coverage or a high deductible for prescriptions.
RxPass works with auto-refill too, so you can get your maintenance meds sent automatically each month.
The program is easy to use. When you’re searching in Amazon Pharmacy, the site will show you when a medication is eligible under RxPass.
The number one way to figure out your savings with RxPass is to find out which of your existing prescription meds is on list of covered generic drugs.
Who is eligible for RxPass?
To use RxPass, you must be a Prime member, and you’ll have to transfer your existing prescriptions to Amazon Pharmacy.
You are NOT eligible for RxPass if you have insurance through Medicare or Medicaid, or some other government-sponsored insurance plans.
Additionally, RxPass cannot send drugs to California, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington.
You cannot use an HSA or FSA to pay your $5 RxPass subscription fee.
For those who can’t use RxPass, note that you can use Amazon Pharmacy with most insurance plans, and it offers low, transparent pricing.
This is how RxPass works:
♦ To sign up for RxPass as an existing Prime member, open your Amazon app or navigate to amazon.com on your computer. You’ll need to create or update an Amazon Pharmacy profile. Then you’ll be guided through a simple process that verifies your eligibility for RxPass and asks for your prescription info.
♦ Amazon pharmacists are available 24/7 if you have questions about your prescription status.
♦ After you sign up for RxPass online, your preferred payment method will be billed $5 on the first of each month.
You can cancel at any time, as long as you don’t have an active prescription. For example, if you receive a 90-day supply of medication in February, you cannot cancel your RxPass until you’ve paid through April.
Other resources for prescription savings
• If you don’t find your meds on the RxPass list (see below) try checking the $4 Generics program at WalMart.
• Another good resource for saving money is Good Rx. This is not a flat-fee program. But you can compare drug prices across local pharmacies, through the app or the website. It is not limited to generics.
• You may also want to check out the Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drug Company. The “cost plus” model means the manufacturer’s price for the drug is marked up by only 15%. An order fee of $3 covers the pharmacist’s time and labor, and you’ll pay low shipping charges. Generic drugs only.
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The benefits of a Prime membership include:
- Free one-day, two-day, or same-day shipping (depending on your location)
- Free movies and TV shows to stream through your smart TV, Roku, Fire Stick, or other device
- Discounts and special deals at Whole Foods, which is owned by Amazon
- Free, unlimited cloud storage for photos
- Free access to two million digital songs, available to play through the Amazon Music app for desktop or mobile
- Free Kindle book each month
- Exclusive deals and discounts available to Prime members only
- Early access to Lightning Deals
- 5% cash back on a Prime credit card
- Prime Wardrobe — try on eligible clothing items and only pay for those you keep
- RxPass — savings on generic prescriptions from Amazon Pharmacy
I’m sure we missed something, but you get the idea!
Which medications are covered under RxPass?
These are the generic names for meds covered under RxPass as of January 26, 2023.
We expect this list will expand as Amazon ramps up the RxPass program.
- folic acid
- tamoxifen citrate
- vitamin B12