Jun 1, 2020

Startup Spotlight: NowRx telemedicine prescription delivery

Telemedicine
Technology
William Smith
2 min
Mountain View, California-based healthcare startup NowRx offers same-day and same-hour delivery of prescription medications
Mountain View, California-based healthcare startup NowRx offers same-day and same-hour delivery of prescription medications.

While mail delivery pharma...

Mountain View, California-based healthcare startup NowRx offers same-day and same-hour delivery of prescription medications.

While mail delivery pharmacies are nothing new, NowRx leverages technology for quicker, easier and cheaper deliveries, processing prescriptions for same-day delivery and automatically applying coupons while ensuring the patients pays the same co-pay as a traditional pharmacy.

Despite only being available in the San Francisco Peninsula, South Bay and Orange County, the company’s innovative model has created a buzz beyond its geographical reach, being described by some as an Amazon-like approach to pharmaceuticals.

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That buzz has led to a total of $21.3mn being raised across eight funding rounds since its foundation in 2015. Upon the closure of its $7mn Series A in 2018, CEO Cary Breese said in a press release: “In pharmacy, and healthcare generally, same-day/same hour delivery is about much more than just customer convenience – it can often be absolutely vital. NowRx is solving this critical last-mile delivery challenge while setting a new bar for customer convenience.

“That’s why we saw the record-breaking response to our latest crowdfunding round. We have reconceived the pharmacy model, taking the best of the offline, brick-and-mortar world and combining it with the best of the online world in order to create something truly unique, disruptive – and highly desired by consumers.”

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, opportunities to minimise contact with the sick are being actively investigated. One such situation is queuing in line at a pharmacy - something which NowRx’s model bypasses entirely and a benefit which the company specifically references, saying on its website: “No more standing in line at the pharmacy with a bunch of sick people.”

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Jun 17, 2021

Dexcom: changing the lives of people with type 1 diabetes

diabetes
glucosemonitoring
type1diabetes
insulin
3 min
British actress Nina Wadia OBE tells us how her son's life has changed since using glucose monitoring system Dexcom

It is estimated that 9.3% of adults around the world are living with type 1 diabetes, which amounts to a total of 463 million people. A further 1.1 million children and adolescents under the age of 20 are living with the condition. 

Unlike the more prevalent type 2 diabetes, where the body still produces insulin and symptoms develop slowly, people with type 1 diabetes need regular insulin injections or pumps, and must monitor their sugar levels frequently. 

In recent years a number of remote glucose monitoring systems have become available that patients can use at home. These work with a sensor, usually placed under the skin, that measures glucose levels every few minutes. This information is then transmitted wirelessly to a device like a smartphone or tablet, which can then be shared with their clinician. 

British actress Nina Wadia's son Aidan, 14, has type 1 diabetes, and has been managing his condition using Dexcom, a glucose monitoring system used by patients all over the world. Here Wadia explains how Dexcom has improved their lives. 

As a parent of someone with type 1 diabetes, what is your day-to-day life like?
Being able to take a breath, think and pivot constantly without getting frustrated becomes an essential mindset because sometimes it feels like each day is determined to be different from the day before. Whatever worked yesterday is going to misfire today. 

Which areas of yours and Aidan’s life are most impacted by diabetes? 
The one thing that you have to fight hard to reclaim is spontaneity, especially when it comes to food and exercise. It’s only when this is taken do you realise how essential each one is. You can be flexible and there are no real limits, but only in the sense that a great athlete can be flexible without limits because they’ve trained super hard to be that way. So we’ve all had to become athletes when it comes to being spontaneous.

How has Dexcom helped you and Aidan? 
Dexcom has brought future science fiction to real life today. The continuous glucose monitoring system is tiny, sits discreetly on his body and gives him a ten-day breather between sensor changes, so it's goodbye finger-pricking seven times daily. 

Dexcom is totally active at a grass roots level and for Diabetes Awareness has pledged to donate £2,000 if #DexcomDiabetesStories and/or #DexcomWarriorStories is shared 200 times! I’ll be sharing more on social media and would love to hear how other families are winning their fights.

Maybe most importantly Dexcom is trying to introduce a reimbursement programme for type 1 diabetes  patients which will give greater access to modern, life changing hi-tech. I want to spread the word on the importance of accessing it through this campaign. 

If you compared your life today with how it was before Aidan was using Dexcom, what has changed? 
It's always working, which lets him take his mind off diabetes for longer stretches. It also lets me get off his back. We both receive alerts so I no longer have to pester him by asking him what his number is, and especially importantly, I don’t have to wake him at night to prick his finger if I’m worried. Dexcom gave us back our sleep!

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