Online pharmacy to launch drone delivery following successful trial

An online pharmacy is preparing to launch a UK drone delivery service following a successful trial period.

MedExpress, which is looking to deliver the morning-after pill and Viagra, is in talks with the independent regulator for pharmacy services to dispatch medicines and the contraception nationwide.

The service, which looks to offer hassle-free delivery to people living in remote areas, will offer discreet delivery with purchases blacked out on sales records.

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Having filed an enquiry with The General Pharmaceutical Council managing director, Dwayne D’Souza, said he hopes to launch the service as soon as possible.

He told the Daily Mail: “The rise of artificial intelligence, along with autonomous delivery and other sophisticated technologies, provides ample opportunity for businesses such as MedExpress to trial a range of convenient customer service options.

“We were very pleased with how the trial went. We’re considering making drone delivery part of our future service and are in talks to work out how we can do this.”

A drone-based delivery system is currently in development by Amazon.com. It made its first commercial delivery using a drone, in the UK last December.

The package arrived at its Cambridge destination approximately 13 minutes after the order was placed.

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