After steering into prescription delivery in two cities last summer with digital pharmacy startup NimbleRx, ride-hailing giant Uber hitched itself a new and more expansive ride with medication delivery service ScriptDrop on Wednesday.
The deal makes Uber the default delivery app for thousands of pharmacies and health systems in 37 states. It also comes at a critical time for the digital pharmacy sector, which has boomed alongside virtual care amid the pandemic. Ro, a digital pharmacy that’s expanded into telehealth, brought in $500 million in new funding this month to hit a steep $5 billion valuation, while rival Hims recently went public in a SPAC deal that valued the company at $1.6 billion. They and other players are racing to compete with Amazon, which launched its own online pharmacy business in November.