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PHARMACY OF THE FUTURE

What’s worse than having a bad case of the herpes? -Waiting in line for 20 minutes to then having the pharmacist yell in soprano that they’re all out of Valtrex.

Startups – Capsule and Round Fill from Circadian Design are working away to help you to avoid those ‘smh moments,’ by creating an app, with a chat interface; taking those horrifying moments that will inevitably lead other’s to thinking that you’re a bit of a whore.

*Whispers softly* “Hi, I’m here to pick up my amoxicillin…” Pharm, “PLEASE DO NOT USE THIS IN CONJUNCTION TO YOUR HERPES MEDICATION.”– Annnd, slowly dies of embarrassment.

This new breed of pharm care will keep matters discreet and simplify the whole medication process with ease.

Location, Location, Location!!

Screw locations, they’re overrated anyway. Capsule CEO Eric Kinariwala decided to put his money into some mean software and into the pockets of former head of mobile engineering at Foursquare to build a software that would manage inventory and use customer demographics, seasonal factors, doctor input, and information about commonly combined medications to ensure that Capsule’s fulfillment center in Manhattan always has the right meds in stock. Though the company has a small store located in a neighborhood in Chelsea, most of their clients will use the app as a means of communication with pharmacists; learning about their medications as well as scheduling deliveries.

Who has time these days to wait in line? In today’s day in age everything is about convenience and this app does just that by acting like an Uber; accept it’s delivering your medications to the destination rather than warm bodies.

“Capsule has taken note of what is really annoying about the current pharmacy experience, and taken a little bit of frustration out,” says Heldenbrand.

The Ring of Fire

Circadian Design, has a different target market – the unintentional non-compliant patients aka; dementia patients, lazy patients, forgetful patients and/or patients that just wanna get sick and eventually die – patients. Costing you $10 a month, the “smart bottle” has a silver dollar-sized circuit board, accelerometer, Bluetooth module, and several LEDs that communicates with an app that tracks your prescription. A passive but persistent reminder to take your meds, in other words –it’s annoying AF but it works. How? Just open the bottle and the sensors wake the app, which notes it in a log and alerts you when it’s time to refill.

This is the pharmacy-of-the-future, one worth learning about to be able to utilize a service like this! Thought it may be harder for elderly patients to catch on to this new-age-way of handling prescriptions (since technology and apps are generally a bit of nuisance for that generation), there are many positive outcomes than that of negatives; given that this technology will do what it says it can do; properly and efficiently.