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Online Pharmacy Combines Daily Meds Into Tear-Off Packs

PillPack can pre-sort your medication and renew prescriptions on your behalf.

Ross Brooks
Ross Brooks on February 5, 2014. @greenidealism

When you have to take a half-dozen pills everyday, it can take a long time to organize them, not to mention that improperly taken medication, or mixing different pills can have serious health implications. A new online pharmacy called PillPack wants to fix that problem by organizing your medication for you, delivered every two weeks in convenient tear-off packs that are clearly dated.

PillPack offers its program for a monthly fee of $20/month (plus co-pays), which includes unlimited shipping so that additional medication can be sent anytime. The company also offers a service called “Proactive Refill Management,” which means one of the company’s on-staff pharmacists will take care of any refills and prescription renewals ahead of time.

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Founder Collective Managing Partner Eric Paley said he expects PillPack to make its brand and service a household name, including through the creation and launch of mobile apps, which could help people manage their meds and health regimens in new ways. Currently, PillPack can only ship prescription medications in 31 states, but over-the-counter meds and vitamins are available in all 50.

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While the organizational aspect of the company is sound, the company has to ensure that its bi-monthly deliveries actually make it on time. Having a well organized packet of pills is no use to someone when it’s stuck in the back of a postal van, or on its way to the wrong address. As long as PillPack can keep their delivery promise, it looks set to to change countless people’s lives, as well as the way most people look at online pharmacies.

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Source: WSJ, TechCrunch

Images: PillPack

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Ross is a freelance writer who specializes in topics about the environment, architecture, art, design and creative tech. He is passionate about making a difference with his writing, whether that’s to encourage social change, promote a great idea, or just share a little bit of beauty with the world. You can also find his work on Inhabitat and Techly.com.au.

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