Amazon is expanding drone delivery, introducing prescription medication delivery in Texas and planning flights in Britain and Italy by late 2024, according to a Tech Xplore article. They say,
“Amazon.com Inc. laid out plans to expand its still-experimental drone delivery effort, announcing the start of sending prescription medication by air and promising to start flights in Britain and Italy by late 2024.
The online retailer recently began listing drone delivery as an option for Amazon Pharmacy customers in a test program in College Station, Texas, one of two U.S. cities where Amazon is delivering products using its unmanned, riding-lawn mower-seized vehicles.”
Amazon Pharmacy offers drone delivery of over 500 medications, aiming to shorten the time between a patient feeling unwell and receiving treatment for improved medical care, says Dr. Vin Gupta, according to a CBS News article. They say,
Customers can have more than 500 medications to treat conditions like flu, asthma and pneumonia delivered.
The aim is to get patients’ ailments treated as quickly as possible to deliver better medical care.
“We’re taught from the first days of medical school that there is a golden window that matters in clinical medicine,” Amazon Pharmacy chief medical officer Dr. Vin Gupta said in a statement Wednesday. “That’s the time between when a patient feels unwell and when they’re able to get treatment.”
Using cameras to detect people, pets, and objects, Amazon Pharmacy’s drones deliver medications, allowing customers to retrieve their orders without direct interaction, building on previous successful tests in College Station.