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Amazon Testing Drone Delivery of Prescriptions

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An Amazon drone delivering prescription medications in College Station, TX.

Amazon's Prime Air division began testing drone deliveries of common household items last December in College Station and Lockeford, CA.

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Amazon is testing a drone delivery service for prescription drugs in College Station, TX, with plans to expand the service to other markets in the future.

More than 500 medications (but not controlled substances) will be available for delivery within an hour of the order being placed.

After flying from a delivery center with a secure pharmacy to the customer's address at altitudes of nearly 400 feet, the drone will descend to around 13 feet from the ground and drop the prescription, in a padded package, on a delivery marker.

Before releasing the package, the drone will ensure there are no pets, children, or obstructions in the delivery zone.

Amazon's Prime Air division already has tested drone deliveries of common household items in College Station and Lockeford, CA.

From Associated Press
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