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The revamped service will serve hospitals and clinics. The e-commerce giant is looking to expand its Amazon Business marketplace to serve the health-care industry, according to hospital executives cited by The Wall Street Journal said. Amazon Business already has a smaller offering of medical supplies.
The internet company has been making moves and dramatically disrupting the health-care industry over the last year. CNBC reported in May Amazon was more serious about its consideration to enter the multi billion-dollar pharmacy market.
In October, analysts and the media noticed Amazon was granted wholesale distribution licenses for medical devices in several states. The license was first reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
CVS Health announced in December it will acquire Aetna for about $69 billion in cash and stock. Wall Street analysts and former Aetna CEO John Rowe said the merger was triggered by concerns Amazon will enter the drug business.
Last month, Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and J.P. Morgan Chase announced a partnership on Jan. 30 to cut health costs and improve services for employees. The announcement was light on details, but it said three top executives from each company, will take the lead on the project: Berkshire Hathaway’s Todd Combs, J.P. Morgan’s Marvelle Sullivan Berchtold and Amazon’s Beth Galetti.
Amazon, McKesson and Owens & Minor did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Cardinal Health declined to comment.
Amazon shares rose 1.8 percent Tuesday.