At a time, when we are seeing a shortage of healthcare workers globally, a personalised delivery pharmacy service startup from the UK, PillSorted, has recently raised $6 million in seed funding. The investment was backed by Pear VC, Hoxton Ventures that also recently invested in Juno and Kitt, Edison Partners and the founders of DoorDash.The London startup will use the new funding to develop its product and expand its services within London and the UK. Also, it has started trials of the service to support care workers as part of an ongoing integration with social care.
Zeinab Ardeshir, CEO and Co-founder of PillSorted, said: “Our mission is to provide a personalised pharmacy service for people who are on lots of medication that makes accessing the drugs and support they need a whole lot easier for them. Not only does our service make medication deliveries easier for patients, but our pharmacists are also able to review medication regularly and ensure patients are getting the best care possible. I want PillSorted to play a role in providing preventative healthcare for the community, which is so important given the NHS staff shortages we’re currently seeing.”
Pepe Agell, Partner at Pear VC, said; “At Pear VC, we’re thoroughly impressed with PillSorted’s determination to build the pharmacy of the future. PillSorted leverages technology to fulfil and deliver pharmacy products while creating personalised and human-focused experiences. It’s the blueprint for a future in which patients are consistently able to get the medicines they need at home before they need them.”
Hussein Kanji, partner at Hoxton Ventures followed; “We’re excited to team up with Pear VC and support PillSorted in its mission to build a scalable community pharmacy that can deliver efficient and personalised care for patients and customers.”
Personalises pharmacy services!
The typical pharmacy experience has long been in need of an upgrade, and most pharmacists, despite being well trained and highly knowledgeable, are so bogged down by manual, repetitive tasks that they only have time to provide a basic, transactional service.
Founded in 2019 by Zeinab Ardeshir and Mohammad Mohaghegh (who are life partners), PillSorted provides a personalised, hassle-free way of delivering medication to patients, while setting forth the blueprint for the future of digital pharmacy care. The startup combines compassionate care with smart automation, thereby removing the admin burden of manually processing prescriptions and freeing up pharmacists to spend more time listening to their patients, explaining how medication works and delivering a holistic and personalised service.
Mohammad has been an entrepreneur his whole career and this is Zeinab’s first venture into entrepreneurship as she was a pharmacist previously. Mohammad joined the business as an advisor at first and then as it grew he came on board as co-founder.
Amidst all healthcare professionals, pharmacists have the most frequent interactions with patients. Realising this, PillSorted’s allows them to turn every conversation into a valuable consultation or offer a GP referral. The startup has the potential to offer a better standard of care while improving efficiency levels for healthcare professionals.
When it comes to patients, PillSorted offers a personalised approach to the pharmacy experience, giving them digital consultations with a regular pharmacist whenever needed. It seeks to support those who are less tech-savvy by automating as many elements of the pharmacy process as possible, while medication delivery is managed by its own delivery fleet, guaranteeing its arrival before patients run out of regular medications. It can also deliver any urgent medication on-demand.