How Mobile Apps Are Lowering Drug Prices For Consumers

| December 16, 2019

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Winter hasn’t officially started in the Northern Hemisphere, but it’s cold and dreary enough in many places, and that means all those fun winter bugs are doing their jobs and making people ill. It also means that pharmacies whether brick-and-mortar or online are popular places, perhaps even part of a weekend to-do list that includes holiday retail shopping. PYMNTS certainly hopes you are in good health, but if you are or have been sick, that your medication didn’t cost too much, and that the process of buying it involved the least amount of friction possible. In fact, to get a better grip on the changes going on with medication retail purchases, and how the latest technology is indeed working on those friction and cost problems, PYMNTS recently caught up with Ramzi Yacoub, chief pharmacy officer for RxSense, the parent company of SingleCare a digital and mobile service that enables consumers to compare pharmacy prices and receive discounts and retail offers.

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A British lifestyle store offering a fearlessly modern edit of fashion, food and beauty, we inspire people to stand out and be unique. With a reputation for bringing new and exciting product to our stores and online, we also provide our customers with the best in hospitality ranging from a luxury wine offer to award-winning restaurants.

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