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UPS Strikes Agreements to Use Drones to Deliver Medical Supplies


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The agreements are the first UPS has announced since the package delivery giant won U.S. regulatory approval to operate commercial drone flights.

UPS is striking deals with medical groups to launch its commercial drone delivery services.

Credit: UPS/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

United Parcel Service (UPS) announced agreements with healthcare groups to use drones to deliver medical samples and supplies.

One agreement permits the drones to carry cargo on hospital campuses at the University of Utah and elsewhere.

UPS also agreed with CVS Health to assess drone-based home delivery of prescriptions and other products.

UPS also is readying a drone logistics project with managed care consortium Kaiser Permanente to evaluate building-to-building supply transfers via drone at Kaiser's 39-hospital network.

The company said medical supplies are very well-suited to drone delivery because they are lightweight and tend to be uniform in size.

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