Capsule The Pharmacy of the Future Launches in Houston with Meds Made Easy for Al
PIONEERING DIGITAL PHARMACY ENTERS HOUSTON MARKET
Capsule’s Free Same-Day Prescription Delivery Helps Solve Pharmacy Desert and Medical Stigmatization Problems
HOUSTON (September 8, 2021)—Capsule, America’s leading digital pharmacy, officially
with a smarter, simpler, kinder, and better pharmacy,
including direct communication with pharmacists. accessible and convenient for
including many of those who live in access-challenged pharmacy deserts. The product also allows for discreet delivery of frequently stigmatized medications, along with ongoing, confidential pharmacist care and advice by text, chat, or phone.
announced its launch in the Houston area
free same-day delivery, smart refills to ensure a dose is never missed, and
“Capsule’s mission has always been to build a pharmacy that works for everyone,”
We believe that the core pharmacy experience is
fundamentally broken for the hundreds of millions of Americans who take medication regularly,
so we set out to rebuild that experience from the inside out.”
Kinariwala, founder and CEO, Capsule. ”
Capsule makes medicine more
millions of Houston area residents,
Capsule has digitized the entire pharmacy experience end-to-end with proprietary technology— eliminating familiar frustrations, such as persistently out-of-stock medications, long wait times, lack of price transparency, and the inability to obtain private and personalized advice from expert pharmacists. Instead of spending millions on corner stores or forcing people to wait while their medications are mailed to them, Capsule has invested in technology and delivery that enables same-day, hand-delivery of prescriptions to anyone in its service area, which includes all of Harris County and parts of Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, and Montgomery counties. Capsule accepts all major insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, and works to find cost savings to pass on to consumers.
The expansion to Houston builds on Capsule’s existing operations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Austin, Boston, and more than a dozen other U.S. cities. By year’s end, Capsule anticipates it will have the ability to serve 100 million Americans.
Seamless Customer Experience
Using Capsule is simple: o
nce a customer has signed up through the Capsule app or website,
their prescriptions are transferred from their current pharmacy to Capsule, which then sends a
text to schedule free, same-day doorstep delivery.
Houstonians can also ask their doctors to send prescriptions directly to Capsule. Capsule is
free; the only cost to consumers is their current insurance co-pay. Additionally, customers can
call, text, or chat in real-time with expert pharmacists, see the cost of medications, view side-
effects and medication information, and manage prescriptions and refills directly from their
phones or computers.
The Growing Problem of Medication Non-Adherence
50% of prescriptions in America go unfilled. This problem, known as medication non-adherence, leads to $300 billion in additional healthcare costs. Many factors contribute to this problem, including the ability to easily access a pharmacy and pharmacist, concerns around privacy and stigmatization, and the familiar frustrations of the pharmacy leading to prescription abandonment.
Crossing the Pharmacy Desert
must travel a mile or more to access
One-third of all neighborhoods in the largest U.S. cities are pharmacy deserts, where
their medications. This problem affects nearly fifteen
million people nationwide and disproportionately impacts communities of color who already
have lower rates of medication adherence and need to travel even farther to their nearest
pharmacy to obtain their prescriptions.
In Houston, studies show that more than 40% of
Hispanic residents and over 70% of Black residents live in pharmacy deserts.
This disparity is worsening as the pandemic—and changes in Medicaid laws—have accelerated
the closure of pharmacies in Houston. According to USA Rx data, Harris County has just 1.39
pharmacies per 10,000 residents, well below the national average of 2.4
“We know that there is a direct link between proximity to a pharmacy and prescription fill rates,” Kinariwala said. “And the consequences of failing to fill vital prescriptions can be dire. Capsule is a part of the solution.”
Studies have consistently shown that perceived stigma and concern about unintentional disclosures are also significant factors in low pharmacy refill adherence rates for medications related to behavioral health disorders, hormone replacement therapies, HIV treatment and prevention, reproductive health, and pain management. Capsule ensures that customers can discreetly fill their prescriptions and ask confidential questions to pharmacists via text, chat, or phone.
Simple, Delightful Healthcare: Capsule’s Future
Capsule is also building a seamless customer experience that bridges the specific need for prescriptions and a full range of medical services.
“Capsule’s long-term ambition is to create a hub where consumers can access all of their healthcare needs in a single, simple, holistic place,” said Kinariwala. “We’re doing that in a way that brings together everybody in healthcare versus trying to own all of those things ourselves. Just like you buy a cell phone and choose apps, people will be able to access Capsule’s digital pharmacy, as well as a best-in-class curated set of products and services to meet all of their healthcare needs from within a single app.”
Capsule is rebuilding the pharmacy industry from the inside out with an emotionally resonant experience and technology that enables customized outcomes for doctors, hospitals, insurers, and manufacturers. Capsule has designed every aspect of the pharmacy experience to give consumers and partners the peace of mind of having their health looked after. Capsule is available in more than a dozen cities across the United States, with expansion plans to have the ability to reach 100 million Americans by year’s end. For more information, please visit capsule.com.
Capsule recently raised an additional $300 million in new capital, bringing its total funds raised to $570 million. The company plans to use the new resources to continue investing in its products and technology platform and to expand into new markets, with a goal of reaching 100 million people by the end of 2021.