We tried PillPack, the pharmacy startup Amazon acquired for $1 billion, and we can see why it has big pharmacies terrified (AMZN)

Pill Pack
My PillPack arrived in a simple white box marked filled with packets of prescriptions and information on when to take them.
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For most Americans, picking up a prescription involves a stop by the local pharmacy every month or so.

And while shoppers can go online for everything from clothing to groceries, that isn’t the case yet for prescription drugs.

That’s starting to change. In June, Amazon announced its plans to acquire PillPack , a small startup that mails prescriptions to people who take multiple medications for a reported $1 billion . The news sent a whole host of pharmaceutical and drug-wholesaler stocks tumbling at the time.

So we decided to take a firsthand look at PillPack’s prescription service to get a sense of how it works, and to better understand how it could fit into Amazon’s future healthcare ambitions.

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