Shares of drug retailers Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc., CVS Health Corp and Rite Aid Corp. tumbled on Friday after reports that Amazon.com Inc. was looking to make a move into selling drugs online, Reuters reports.
Amazon is reported to be in discussions with mid-market pharmacy benefit managers and has been hiring talent to assess the drug retailing market for its entry, brokerage firm Leerink analyst Ana Gupte wrote in a note to clients.
“We are convinced that AMZN will almost certainly enter the drug distribution value chain within two years, evolving into a more disruptive offering over time,” Gupte said.
Amazon’s entry into pharmaceuticals has been long rumored in the media.
On Friday, CNBC reported that the e-commerce giant would decide before Thanksgiving whether to move into selling prescription drugs online, citing a company email and a source familiar with the matter.
Amazon does not comment on rumors or speculation, a company spokeswoman said.
Shares of drug retailers Walgreens closed down 5.8 percent, Rite Aid 4.9 percent and CVS Health 4.9 percent.
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