Your doctor is now downloadable on the App Store.
A wave of startups has arrived to make getting prescriptions for difficult health issues as easy as answering an online survey.
Similar to Warby Parker and Casper, these new direct-to-consumer medtech startups make it easy to buy their product by issuing prescriptions online and shipping direct to your door.
Meds for men
: Ro just raised $88M to help men get the medications they need. Ro's first product line
focused on erectile dysfunction medications. Instead of going into a doctor's office and talking to people, you can get a prescription online and the medications delivered to your door for free.
Yesterday, they dropped their second product line, Zero
, an all-in-one medical kit, designed to help you quit smoking. It includes medication, nicotine gum, an app to track your progress, and digital counseling from their on-staff physicians.
"Really excited to be an investor in Roman. There really hasn’t been any kind of trusted brand for men before. This is great example of a beautiful, needed services designed for the digital age."
– Alexis Ohanian, Reddit cofounder
They're not the only competitors in the space. SF-based Hims
is focused on the same market, with their line of stunningly-branded meds for hair loss, ED, and cold sores. They've raised $98M from Forerunner Ventures (and others) and even launched their own skincare line
two months ago.
Meds for women
has raised $41M from YC and Union Square Ventures to help women get digital prescriptions for birth control and HIV medications. While there are a number of startups that offer HIV medication online, Nurx is one of the few to offer at-home testing kits as well, making it easier for them to treat more afflicted women. They're hiring for 10+ positions in SF
"Holy crap I just ordered birth control in < 5 minutes. Hands down most useful product I've found on PH to date."
– Kelsey Whelan
, backed by Y Combinator last year, makes it easy for women to test their fertility at home, no visit to the clinic required, for a fraction of the price. They've raised $7M to make sure all women get the fertility data they deserve. Currently hiring for 6+ positions.