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Student Pharmacists’ Perceptions of Amazon Pharmacy

Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, College of Pharmacy, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721, USA
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Academic Editor: Gisselle Gallego
Pharmacy 2021, 9(4), 166;
Received: 31 August 2021 / Revised: 4 October 2021 / Accepted: 7 October 2021 / Published: 11 October 2021
Amazon recently launched their online pharmacy in the United States (US). However, no studies have explored student pharmacists’ perceptions of the potential impact of Amazon Pharmacy. This qualitative study used individual semi-structured interviews to examine third- and fourth-year student pharmacists’ perceptions of how Amazon Pharmacy will affect economic, clinical, and humanistic outcomes; the pharmacy experience; and the job market. Interviews were audio-recorded, transcribed verbatim, and thematically analyzed by two independent reviewers until saturation was reached, with differences resolved through discussion with a third researcher. Seventeen students participated in the study. Five themes were identified: perceived economic outcomes for patients, perceived clinical outcomes for patients, perceived humanistic outcomes for patients, perceived impact of the pharmacy experience for patients, and perceived influence of Amazon Pharmacy on the pharmacy market. The majority suggested Amazon Pharmacy would offer lower costs for patients (71%), improved medication adherence (76%), and improved quality of life (65%). There was a consensus that the Amazon Pharmacy experience would be different, with various opinions highlighting potential positive or negative aspects of the service. There were mixed opinions about job opportunities and impact on existing pharmacies. Future studies should evaluate economic, clinical, and humanistic outcomes for patients utilizing Amazon Pharmacy. View Full-Text
Keywords: online pharmacy; qualitative research; semi-structured interviews; outcomes; pharmacy experience; pharmacy job market; student pharmacists online pharmacy; qualitative research; semi-structured interviews; outcomes; pharmacy experience; pharmacy job market; student pharmacists
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Stich, A.; Cava, C.; Cava, D.; Axon, D.R. Student Pharmacists’ Perceptions of Amazon Pharmacy. Pharmacy 2021, 9, 166.

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Stich A, Cava C, Cava D, Axon DR. Student Pharmacists’ Perceptions of Amazon Pharmacy. Pharmacy. 2021; 9(4):166.

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Stich, Alexandra, Christian Cava, Dominic Cava, and David R. Axon. 2021. "Student Pharmacists’ Perceptions of Amazon Pharmacy" Pharmacy 9, no. 4: 166.

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