After a successful prescription delivery test in Houston, Austin and Dallas, Uber Technologies, Inc. revealed plans to grow its on-demand prescription delivery in New York City, fueled by Nimble. Nimble, a quickly expanding prescription delivery service, links neighborhood pharmacies with delivery, according to an announcement.
“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.”
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.
Redwood City, California-based Nimble has notched more than $50 million in venture capital from Khosla Ventures, DAG Ventures, First Round Capital, Y Combinator and Sequoia Capital.
In October, Sam’s Club announced that it is collaborating with DoorDash to provide same-day prescriptions throughout 41 states. Deliveries were to be handled through Drive, which is DoorDash’s white-label fulfillment program.
“Businesses have evolved amidst the pandemic to prioritize the safety of their communities and to adapt to new consumer habits, and our goal is to help merchants meet those demands in a way that’s best for their business,” DoorDash COO Christopher Payne said in an announcement at the time.