Walmart on Tuesday announced it will launch an online pharmacy offering, but did not offer specific details about its plans or what kind of products it will offer.
The company is expected to begin offering its new pharmacy service in early 2018.
The company’s online pharmacy will allow customers to buy prescription drugs, and Walmarts pharmacy will be able to buy health care related supplies.
Walmart has been aggressively expanding its presence in the U.S. health care sector, especially with a $1.3 billion deal to buy the health insurance provider Aetna for $65 billion in 2018.
Walmart has also been investing heavily in medical research.
Earlier this year, the company launched its own online pharmacy, which it says will allow people to order prescription medications online without having to walk into a pharmacy.
The new online pharmacy is designed to be the only way for people to get prescription drugs from a variety of providers, according to the company.
The pharmacy will also allow Walmaws pharmacy to buy medical supplies.
The pharmacy will have a wide range of prescription medications and health care services, as well as services such as diagnostic testing and emergency care, according a statement from the company released Tuesday.
It will also offer a variety or specialty, according the statement.
“We have built a pharmacy for people who need the services they need online,” Walmart chief executive officer Kevin McCarty said in a statement.
“Now, it is time for us to build a pharmacy that can offer them access to the medicine they need without the need for a physical presence in a store.
We are excited to launch our first pharmacy offering in the next year.”
The company also announced a $20 million grant program that will allow the company to expand its network of stores in urban and rural markets in states where Walmains pharmacy will likely not be available.
Walmarts online pharmacy also will allow Walmart to expand to new markets that have been excluded from the pharmacy’s current network of more than 1,000 locations.
The expansion is expected for the next few years, according Walmays statement.
The announcement comes just months after Walmart announced a new partnership with Amazon to offer pharmacy services through its Amazon Prime program.
Walmart will offer pharmacy-related services on Amazon Prime, including a pharmacy and a pharmacy delivery service, as part for the price of one package of Prime memberships, the statement said.