Last month, the Japanese got an easier way to order drugs…

If you live in Japan, all you have to do is log into a website and enter your symptoms and medical history.

A pharmacist will review the form. If he approves, the service mails the drugs directly to you. In some cities, people can get same-day delivery.

The new service is provided by Amazon.

Earlier this month, we told you Amazon is steamrolling the retail industry. The first to bite the dust was booksellers. Then apparel sellers. Then electronics sellers.

Next up: Drug sellers.

We call this phenomenon getting “Amazon’d.”

The term refers to Amazon’s trend of upending entire retail sectors.

If Amazon can muscle its way into the retail pharmacy sector, it will be the latest sign that it’s well on its way to becoming the first $1 trillion company in the United States.

A Huge Growth Market

Amazon has considered delivering drugs to Americans for years. But it hasn’t pulled the trigger in the United States—yet.

But that appears to be changing.

If Amazon is successful in Japan, the U.S. market might be its next target.

Two months ago, Amazon brought in Mark Lyons as senior manager of pharmacy benefits.

Lyons is a former director at Premera Blue Cross. So he knows how to navigate the highly regulated U.S. pharmaceutical industry.

His first job will be to create a pharmacy benefits program for Amazon employees. Once Amazon irons out the kinks, it will likely roll out a nationwide program.

And there’s little wonder why Amazon wants to get into pharmaceutical sales. It’s a huge growth market.

Americans spent an estimated $300 billion on prescription drugs in 2015. If Amazon can capture just 10% of the market, that’s a $30 billion-per-year opportunity.

We predict Amazon will capture more market share than that.

That’s because going to a pharmacy today is a huge hassle.

Where we are in South Florida, it can take up to 20 minutes to get a prescription filled—with no one in line. If there is a line, the wait can be much longer…

Amazon will make shopping for drugs just as easy as it has made shopping for books, clothes, and electronics.

Just like in Japan, you’ll be able to buy your prescription online and have it delivered in a few days to your doorstep.

Pharmacies should be shaking in their boots…

The Next Three to Get Amazon’d

Three companies are going to be in a lot of trouble if Amazon gets into the retail drug market.

The first two are Walgreens and CVS Health. They’re the two largest pharmacies in the country. If they don’t improve their customers’ experience, they’ll lose out.

The third company is Express Scripts. It’s the nation’s largest pharmacy benefit management (PBM) company.

PBMs are the middlemen of the drug industry. They are supposed to negotiate better deals with drugmakers and pass the savings on to you.

Some have accused PBMs of pocketing the huge spread between the price they pay for drugs and the retail price they charge.

If these companies fail to innovate, they’ll get Amazon’d like Circuit City, Borders, and Payless ShoeSource…

It’s not too late to buy Amazon.

This company is constantly looking for new industries to disrupt.

With its online platform, Amazon just has to add new products to its website. And millions of people will buy them.

If you want to hop aboard an industry steamroller, consider adding Amazon to your portfolio.


Nick Rokke, CFA
Analyst, The Palm Beach Daily

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