People on the west coast who need medication quickly might be able to get it delivered in just 60 minutes. This is because Costco and Instacart are testing prescription deliveries in Washington and California.
Delivery to homes or offices is free for Costco members for orders over $35 during the pilot, but Instacart adds a five percent tip. The delivery price varies depending on how quickly customers need their meds, but is usually under $10. Instacart will provide delivery updates for you via text message. We don’t know how long the trial will last or if/when it will show up elsewhere.
There are a few differences from standard Instacart deliveries. Buyers will need to be over 18 and enter their date of birth when they order. They’ll also have to show ID upon delivery. Customers can also speak with Costco pharmacists by phone if they need help.
As for couriers, they will have to pass online HIPAA certification training before they can deliver medications. They will pick up the orders in sealed, tamper-proof bags and won’t know which medications are inside.
Other major retailers like Amazon and Walmart, have explored prescription delivery already. Walmart even has mail-order options in some areas. So now you will be able to get it faster.