MANCHESTER — PillPack, an online pharmacy acquired by Amazon last year for $753 million, is being rebranded to include “amazon pharmacy” to its logo.
While it’s a slight name change from “PillPack, an Amazon company” to “PillPack by amazon pharmacy,” some business analysts suggest the e-commerce giant is likely looking to increase its pharmaceutical business. PillPack packages and ships pills in individual packets for tens of thousands of customers.
The Somerville, Mass.-based company, a major employer in the Millyard, filed paperwork to add the “amazon pharmacy” language to its pharmacy fulfillment centers in Manchester, Phoenix, Miami, Austin and Brooklyn, according to a PillPack spokesman.
The company calls the switch an “administrative update” and is already featured on its website and will soon appear on customer shipments. PillPack is an independently operated subsidiary of Amazon, according to its website.
“There are no service changes for either existing or new customers,” the spokesman wrote in an email to the Union Leader. “PillPack remains the name of our brand and service.”
Second-generation pharmacist TJ Parker, who grew up in Concord, and engineer Elliot Cohen founded PillPack in 2013. They grew the company to 1,000 employees in five years, including 500 at the Waumbec Mill building in Manchester, before selling the company to Amazon last year.
PillPack first rented 1,600 square feet in the Waumbec Mill on Commercial Street in 2013 and now occupies about 100,000 square feet there.
During the acquisition, Amazon committed to continue PillPack’s mission to make it easy for people to save time, simplify their lives and feel healthier.
“In the year since, PillPack has done just that and we all remain delighted that PillPack’s customer-centric mission aligns perfectly with the mission of Amazon,” the spokesman said.