Amazon Business, the arm of the distribution giant that sells in bulk to enterprises, has decided to table consideration of distributing pharmaceutical products to hospitals. The distributor is still in negotiations to sell prescriptions directly to customers, however. Problems Amazon encountered included traditional purchasing systems used by hospitals, which involve a lot of middlemen and loyalty. Hospitals typically work with group purchasing organizations that negotiate pricing by aggregating orders; and such organization are beating Amazon at its own game. Amazon executives don’t believe they have the scale yet to justify investment in handling temperature-sensitive products that even FedEx and UPS aren’t equipped to deliver; and hospitals prefer one-stop-shopping. In the meantime, Amazon is licensed to sell items like glucometers, stethoscopes, and over-the-counter disposable items in 47 states. Independent professionals, like dentists and persons running ambulatory surgery clinics, are more inclined to use Amazon for convenience and affordability.