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Eli Lilly Offers Access To Zepbound via Amazon

March 14, 2024

The U.S. pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly is partnering with Amazon to help distribute its prescription drugs, notably its new weight loss treatment called Zepbound. Eli Lilly is using Amazon Pharmacy to distribute Zepbound to people’s homes through the drug maker’s new direct-to-consumer program.

Going forward, Amazon Pharmacy will deliver drugs from Eli Lilly that are prescribed for obesity, diabetes or migraine headaches to patients who order them through the pharma company’s direct sales website.

LillyDirect, the new website, connects people with an independent telehealth company that can prescribe certain drugs. The site also offers a home delivery option. LillyDirect aims to make Zepbound easier for patients to access as demand for the weight loss treatment skyrockets.

The direct-to-consumer website eliminates the need for people to go to a doctor for a prescription and to a pharmacy to fill that prescription. The partnership with Amazon comes as the popularity of Zepbound and other weight loss drugs soars as they help patients lose significant weight in a relatively short time period.

Eli Lilly is struggling to meet demand for Zepbound and has faced intermittent shortages over the past few months.

Amazon Pharmacy offers free two-day deliveries to patients with an Amazon Prime membership, which will also apply if they use LillyDirect, said the companies in a news release. Amazon bought online pharmacy PillPack in 2018 and launched Amazon Pharmacy in 2020. The e-commerce company is pushing into healthcare as part of a multi-year strategy.

Marketdata/DietBusinessWatch Commentary

We understand that the convenience factor is important for consumers. However, there is no mention of the counseling support that may or may not be available once you receive the drugs. Is the telehealth company providing a trained and competent weight loss coach or consultant with that prescription? If not, why not? You can’t just give someone some drugs and think that’s it. Who is making sure that the user is modifying their eating habits, their exercise, and who is helping them cope with side effects, adjusting dosages, etc.?  Weight loss is multidisciplinary. Hmm, something to think about.

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