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Amazon Empire Headed Into Wacky World of Prescription Medicine?

As Americans suffer from an incredibly damaging opioid epidemic in our great nation, gargantuan retailer Amazon is looking to cash in once again.

The incredibly diverse and enormous online retailer has been making headlines left and right as of late as their founder, Jeff Bezos has overtaken Bill Gates as the world’s wealthiest American.  This newfound distinction comes to Bezos as his brainchild, Amazon.com, has acquired grocery chain Whole Foods in recent months, making likely the website’s plans to become a one-stop shop for home delivery of literally everything you could ever need.

In essence, Amazon would like it very much if you decided to never go to a brick and mortar retail store for anything ever again.

Groceries were the first step in the all-inclusive agenda, and the move by Amazon and Whole Foods to normalize home-grocery-delivery will cost the nation hundreds of thousands of jobs over the course of the next few decades.  Luckily for many grocery chains, they will still have their all-important pharmacies bringing customers to the checkout lines.

Or will they?

“Throughout the past year, and without much fanfare, Amazon.com Inc. has gained approval to become a wholesale distributor from a number of state pharmaceutical boards, according to a review of public records.

“It’s unclear, though, whether the regulatory filings support speculation that the e-commerce giant is planning a move into the prescription drug delivery business, territory currently dominated by a handful of companies.

“Industry analysts in recent weeks have raised the possibility that Amazon was eyeing this lucrative new business, posing a potential threat to such companies as north St. Louis County-based Express Scripts Holding Co.

“According to a review of records by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Amazon has received approval for wholesale pharmacy licenses in at least 12 states, including Nevada, Arizona, North Dakota, Louisiana, Alabama, New Jersey, Michigan, Connecticut, Idaho, New Hampshire, Oregon and Tennessee.

“An application is currently pending in the state of Maine.

“An Amazon spokesperson told the Post-Dispatch via email that the company does not comment on ‘rumors and speculation.’”

Could Amazon finally finish the pillaging of America’s hometown small businesses that Walmart began oh so many years ago?

At least in the case of Walmart, whose unethical treatment of employees has been well documented, there are at least employees still working within the stores.  There are still jobs being provided to the communities.  With Amazon taking the entire grocery store, pharmacy and all, to a the delivery warehouse, the number of jobs created by these distribution centers will certainly pale in comparison to the number of jobs lost at the local supermarket.

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