Amazon.com Inc. filed an application to trademark "Amazon Pharmacy" in Australia, The Sydney Morning Herald reported Jan. 14, citing a Jan. 9 filing.
The online retailer plans to use the trademark on medical and veterinary apparatus and instruments, food and supplements, delivery systems and other services.
According to the filing submitted with the Australian patent authority IP Australia, Amazon also plans to use the trademark for a "pharmacy packaging service that aligns, sorts and packages a patient's medications by date and time into individual packets."
The trademark authority said it will report updates on the application on July 9.
Separately, a spokesperson for local lobbying group Pharmacy Guild told The Sydney Morning Herald that consumers will likely "continue to source their medicines from their local pharmacy where they can get face-to-face advice and assistance." The spokesperson added that Australians can access subsidized medicines immediately, without waiting for "a delivery from overseas."
Amazon expanded into the pharmaceutical industry in 2018 with its acquisition of PillPack Inc.