What does Amazon's arrival mean for pharmacy?

Amazon is coming to Australia, and pharmacy sales could be part of its strategy, say analysts.

The online giant is already recruiting local business partners, although no pharmacy groups have been named.

In the US and UK, it sells discounted medicines and health and beauty products directly or via partners.

Late last year, the Bartells community pharmacy group partnered with Amazon to promise deliveries within two hours of an online order.

The arrival of Amazon is likely to be a disruptor in the pharmacy space, says

advisor Norman Thurecht, from Pitcher Partners.

Pharmacies might need to reduce their floor space as Amazon and other competitors eat into front-of-shop sales.

However, Mr Thurecht says pharmacies could still compete on convenience and scheduled medicines as it would be difficult for Amazon to establish a two-hour delivery service in Australia because of its