After a successful delivery pilot in Dallas, Austin, and Houston, Texas, Uber Technologies Inc. is expanding its on-demand prescription delivery to one of the largest U.S. metros: New York City.
Uber eats has partnered with Nimble a quickly expanding prescription delivery service, links neighborhood pharmacies with delivery. It can now connect New Yorkers with prescription delivery, enabling them to easily transfer existing prescriptions — or fulfill new ones — from neighborhood pharmacies right from an app.
“At Uber, we’re hard at work making Uber Eats your go-to destination for much more than food from your favorite restaurant, corner store, or grocer,” Kiran Vinta, Uber’s US GM for New Verticals, said in the announcement. “We’re one step closer to delivering that reality to our consumers everywhere with the launch of on-demand prescription delivery in the US, powered by our partner Nimble.”
Customers can manage their medications with the tap of a button, directly from the Uber Eats app, and follow their prescriptions at every step of the journey: from phone to pharmacy to doorstep. Users can simply transfer current prescriptions, or have new prescriptions filled, from neighborhood pharmacies through the mobile program. However, users can’t harness the service for controlled substances or prescriptions completely or partially paid for by a government healthcare program like TRICARE, Medicaid, or Medicare.
Nimble Founder and CEO Talha Sattar said consumers have increasingly desired a quicker, simpler, and more secure way to get their medications during the past year. Sattar noted that the company was developed on the concept of letting neighborhood pharmacies better serve their clients by offering a high-quality and more accessible experience.
“This partnership expansion with Uber Eats will allow us to offer millions of New Yorkers on-demand prescription delivery at a time when they and the city’s pharmacies need it most,” Sattar said in the announcement.
The prescription delivery service also partnered with Uber in its Texas pilot locations. Nimble has raised more than $50 million of venture capital from Sequoia Capital, Y Combinator, First Round Capital, DAG Ventures, and Khosla Ventures.