A new homegrown app, PharmaGo, was launched in March to facilitate free same-day and next-day deliveries for essential and over-the-counter medication, reported Financial Mail (15 April 2021).

PharmaGo, created after two years of research by Raees Carim (a quantity surveyor), passes the customer’s prescriptions, uploaded on the app, to a “pharmacy panel” available only to the pharmacist filling the prescription. This ensures information security and discretion and is exclusive to PharmaGo. Payment is via credit or debit card and is sent direct to the medical aid. At launch, PharmaGo had a nationwide footprint, with 73 pharmacies on board. It uses existing distribution networks for deliveries, along with pharmacies that employ drivers to deliver.

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