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Why Chirag Kulkarni Is Fixing America’s Pharmacy Problem With Medly | Forbes

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Tired of long wait times at the pharmacy, Kulkarni set out in 2017 to build a better drugstore along with a pair of second-generation pharmacy owners. “We realized how broken it was for millions of consumers, not just myself,” says Kulkarni, now cofounder and CMO of Medly, who has raised $110 million for the online pharmacy. In ad- dition to same-day prescription delivery, Medly’s app connects customers with on-demand pharmacists in a dozen languages. While competitors like Capsule invest in hip branding to entice users, Kulkarni elected to pour marketing bucks into persuading doctors to refer patients to Medly. It’s paid off: Medly has served 70,000 patients with more than 500,000 prescriptions, and the company is on track for $200 million in revenue this year.

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