Nurx

Nurx

A telemedicine service company that delivers oral contraceptives and various testing kits to its customers. It was founded in 2015 and has headquarters in San Francisco, California.

Nurx is a San Francisco-based healthcare company that has created an online platform where those seeking medical care for areas such as contraceptive or sexual health care can have access to it via telecommunication.

Product

The company offers various services and products for healthcare needs. Most of its services are for monitoring and being proactive about sexual health, such as the delivery of birth control and PrEP, sexually transmitted infection testing, human papilloma virus screening, genital herpes treatment, oral herpes treatment, emergency contraception, and HIV preparation. Users of Nurx can gain access to testing or medication with or without insurance. If the user should need to talk to a doctor, they can do so using the messaging feature on the mobile application.

Birth Control

Nurx's initial offering was birth control. Their process includes a user requesting a prescription, which is doctor reviewed before the medication is delivered and with delivery Nurx offers automatic refills. Users are able to choose from the pill, the patch, the ring and a birth control shot.

STI Testing

For their at-home STI Testing, Nurx offers three different home tests. They offer the Basics Covered Kit which tests for HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis with urine tests and a blood spot card; the Healthy Woman Kit which tests for HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and trichomoniasis with a vaginal swab, throat swab and blood spot card; and the Full Control Kit which tests for HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and Hepatitis C with an urine test, throat swab, rectal swab and blood spot card.

Genital and Oral Herpes

Nurx offers different dosages of the antiviral medication valacyclovir for the treatment of gential and oral herpes. They offer a combined prescription for the treatment of genital and oral herpes. Valacyclovir lessens the frequencies and symptoms of genital and oral herpes, as well as reducing the chance genital and oral herpes is passed along to a partner.

Emergency Contraception

Nurx offers emergency contraception, including same or next day emergency contraception through a pharmacy near the user or a request for emergency contraception to be on hand in the case of emergencies. For emergency contraception, Nurx offers Ella, a prescription-only contraceptive which works for up to 5 days after unprotected sex, and Plan B, which is available without a prescription and works for up to 3 days after unprotected sex.

COVID-19

In 2020, the company utilized its manufacturing capabilities to supply at-home testing kits for COVID-19. The tests that were distributed and sent for analysis were sent to Molecular Testing Labs. The Food and Drug Administration halted the distribution of the tests on March 21 for unknown reasons.

Timeline

March 21, 2020

Telehealth Startups Pause At-Home COVID-19 Testing After FDA Tightens Guidelines

March 20, 2020

Nurx announces at home test for COVID-19 .

August 2019

Nurx raises a $32,000,000 series C round from TriplePoint Capital, Kleiner Perkins Digital Growth Fund, Reproductive Health Investors Alliance, Union Square Ventures, Dreamers VC, Y Combinator, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Lowercase Capital.

July 10, 2019

Birth control delivery startup Nurx introduces STI home-testing kits.

July 11, 2018

Nurx raises a $36,000,000 series B round from Y Combinator, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Lowercase Capital and Union Square Ventures.

November 11, 2016

Nurx raises a $5,300,000 series A round from SV Angel, Lowercase Capital and Union Square Ventures.

March 22, 2016

Nurx raises a $120,000 seed round from Y Combinator and Panos Papadopoulos.

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People

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Alexis Ross, PA-C

Member of the Medical Team

Brentton Lowery, PA-C, AAHIVS

Member of the Medical Team

Caroline Stowe, FNP

Member of the Medical Team

Christopher Maxwell

Director of Engineering

Courtney Proctor, NP

Member of the Medical Team

Cristin Hackel, BS, RNC, MSN, WHNP

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Dave Fong

Vice President of Pharmacy

Dr. Adreinne Robertson, MD

Member of the Medical Team

Dr. Anila Wahid, MD

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Dr. Anne Chung, MD, MPH

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Dr. Beth Kaplan, MD

Medical Advisor

Dr. Betty Acker, MD

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Dr. Christopher Hall, MD, MS

Medical Advisor

Dr. Courtney Sherman, DNP, MPH, MHA, APRN, WHNP-BC, CPH

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Dr. Edvard Engesæth

Co-Founder and Innovation Officer

Dr. Emily Rymland, DNP FNP-C

Medical Advisor

Dr. Jessica Rubino, MD

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Dr. Julie Graves, MD, MPH, PhD

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Dr. Kimberly Moon, MD

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Dr. Lynda Gilliam, MD

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Dr. Nancy Shannon, MD, PhD

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Dr. Phillip Carron, MD

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Dr. Vanita Kumar. MD

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Dr. Yesenia Valdez, MD

Member of the Medical Team

Elizabeth Hernandez, NP

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Further reading

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Nurx gets another $52 million to deliver mail-order birth control, PrEP, STI test kits

Jonah Comstock

Web

August 15, 2019

Setting the Record Straight - Nurx - Medium

Nurx

Web

April 26, 2019

Telehealth Startup Nurx Rolling Out At-Home Test For COVID-19

Sophia Kunthara

Web

March 20, 2020

The Promise and Pitfalls of At-Home STI Tests

Hannah Harris Green

Web

October 24, 2019

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

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How to get Birth Control Online with Nurx | NURX TV Commercial (2020)

Janaury 17, 2020

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Natasha Singer
March 24, 2020
www.nytimes.com
After a federal warning, companies have stopped marketing kits that let consumers collect their own saliva or throat swabs and send them to labs.
Kate Clark
July 10, 2019
TechCrunch
This is the startup's first product launch following an NYT report that outlined irresponsible business practices.
TESS RISKI, NATASHA SINGER and KATIE THOMAS
April 26, 2019
www.nytimes.com
Nurx, an online prescribing app, drew attention with its pitch about female empowerment. Former employees said it took a laissez-faire approach to women's health.
Kate Clark
April 17, 2019
TechCrunch
Rao, Airbnb's former head of global operations, joined Clover Health as COO in 2017.
Kate Clark
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Kleiner Perkins-backed Nurx provides birth control, emergency contraception, the HIV prevention medication PrEP and an at-home HPV testing kit.

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