Next Big Futures, the startup which provides real-time access to pharmacy information, announced on Thursday that it is expanding its reach into the US, bringing its pharmacy hours to more than a dozen US cities.
The startup says it plans to open its pharmacy to the public by the end of the year.
The startup says the expansion will allow it to “provide better customer service, including access to more of the products, services and brands available in the marketplace,” and will “ensure that we’re always working to serve our customers.”
Pharmacies are becoming increasingly more important in the US.
According to the latest data from the US Census Bureau, there are more than 1.2 million retail pharmacies in the country.
The most common type of pharmacy in the United States is the chain pharmacy, which typically includes grocery, drug, and medical clinics.
Pharmacy hours are a great way to get a better feel for the local pharmacy scene.
If you’re new to the pharmacy scene, you can visit pharmacy hours on Next BigFuture’s website and follow the progress of your shopping visit with a variety of tools and data.
Next Big futures CEO Ben Oberman says that the expansion of pharmacy hours will be a “game changer” for Next Big.
“The availability of more and better pharmacy information has helped us expand the pharmacy landscape in the past and is now part of the fabric of our industry,” he wrote in a blog post.
“This expansion will help us expand access to a wide range of health and pharmacy products and services, and help us better serve our patients and grow our business.”
In the future, Oberman expects pharmacy hours could be accessible from any smartphone, including Google Glass, with the addition of a virtual assistant.
“We believe that we can make our pharmacy experience as easy as possible for our customers and our partners by allowing our virtual assistant to provide helpful information and insights to us,” he said.
“As we expand into the marketplace, we are confident that our partnership with Next Big will help make pharmacy access accessible to everyone in the world.”
The pharmacy expansion comes on the heels of a huge expansion in 2017.
According the US Department of Health and Human Services, the number of US pharmacies rose by 23.2 percent from 2016 to 2017.
That growth was driven by a rise in the number and types of pharmacy locations, particularly in the Midwest.
The US is a major hub for drug discovery, development, and supply chain.
In 2018, the FDA reported that there were more than 17.3 million prescriptions filled in the U.S. and more than 15.5 million prescriptions dispensed, making it the most prolific source of medication dispensed in the nation.