Will Rx Startup Targeting Cash-Paying Patients Succeed?

A new startup, DiRx, has entered the prescription-drug-delivery fray, and will target un- and underinsured consumers with low-cost, generic maintenance medications. Experts say that the market is worth pursuing, but they observe that more established and better capitalized players such as Amazon.com Inc. and GoodRx have a head start on reaching those consumers.

DiRx launched in late 2020 with a $5 million seed round, and the firm’s CEO, Satish Srinivasan, tells AIS Health that they will close a Series A funding round in coming weeks. Srinivasan says the firm buys drugs directly from manufacturers and wholesalers, then sells directly to consumers. He adds that DiRx does not contract with PBMs and does not accept insurance.

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Peter Johnson

Peter has been a reporter for nearly a decade. Before joining AIS Health, Peter covered a wide variety of topics in his hometown of Seattle, where he continues to live. Peter’s work has appeared in publications including The Atlantic and The Stranger. Peter attended Colby College.

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