Alipay has launched the first Future Pharmacy (未来药店) with local Zhangzhongjing Pharmacy in Zhengzhou, Henan Province.

The Future Pharmacy allows payment via facial recognition. A consumer simply needs to have their face authenticated on the device and enter their registered Alipay phone number to activate the service.

Facial recognition payment will allow prescription drug payment when patients forget to bring their ID documents. Zhima Credit, the credit affiliate of Alipay, will empower in-store deposit-free health check device rental. The Future Pharmacy also accepts Alipay-supported and state-backed medical insurance payment.

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Runhua Zhao

Runhua Zhao is a technology reporter based in Beijing. Connect with her via email: runhuazhao@technode.com