Blink Health (Ofer Abarbanel online library)

Blink Health is an American company that offers an e-commerce platform for prescription drugs.[1]


Blink Health was founded by brothers Geoffrey and Matthew Chaiken in February 2016.[2] Geoffrey is the CEO of the company.[3] The company initially launched its website along with a smartphone app to offer lower drug prices to people with high-deductible medical insurance plans.[4]

Blink initially partnered with MedImpact to connect with pharmacies. However, after Walgreens and CVS left the Blink pharmacy network in 2017, Blink broke off its relationship with MedImpact.[5][6] The company now works with its own network of big grocery pharmacies, including Wal-Mart, Costco, Kroger, Albertsons, Safeway and Publix, and has its own prescription-claims processing system.[3][4]

In 2017, Blink launched a program to provide free antidiabetic medications to patients with type 2 diabetes.[7]

In October 2018, Blink began offering home delivery for its prescription drug service.[8]


Blink puts prices of drugs online, allowing people to see the price of their prescription and compare it to the price being offered by their medical insurance plan or pharmacy.[9] The company then lets people pay for their prescriptions online and pick them up at a local pharmacy.[10] The company has over 600,000 customers.[3]

Blink negotiates directly with drug manufacturers, such as Eli Lilly and Roche, to offer discounted drug prices by grouping user purchases and appearing to be a large drug-purchasing organization.[11][12][9] It is able to offer lower prices by bypassing middlemen in the prescription drug supply chain.[8]


  1. ^LaRock, Zoë. “Ex-Amazon leaders are hopping aboard pharmacy startup Blink Health”. Business Insider.
  2. ^Gillies, Trent (August 7, 2016). “Blink Health looks to disrupt relentless rise of drug prices”. CNBC.
  3. ^ Jump up to:ab c D’Ambrosio, Daniel. “Blink Health Taking On Middle Men To Democratize Drug Prices”. Forbes.
  4. ^ Jump up to:ab Hopkins, Jared S. “E-commerce Expertise Comes to Health Startup Turnaround”. WSJ.
  5. ^Ornstein, Charles; Thomas, Katie (December 9, 2017). “Prescription Drugs May Cost More With Insurance Than Without It” – via
  6. ^Ramsey, Lydia (July 12, 2018). “A pharmacy startup that’s raised $165 million in funding has found a new way to lower drug prices for patients paying with cash”. Business Insider Australia.
  7. ^“Blink Health Launches Free Type 2 Diabetes Drug Program in US”. Medscape.
  8. ^ Jump up to:ab “Exclusive: This Startup Wants to Score You Cheap Prescription Drugs. Now It’s Offering Home Delivery”. Fortune.
  9. ^ Jump up to:ab Journal, John Tierney is a contributing editor of City; Times, a contributing science columnist for the New York (April 12, 2019). “Disrupting the Pharmacy”. City Journal.
  10. ^Thomas, Katie (February 9, 2016). “New Online Tools Offer Path to Lower Drug Prices” – via
  11. ^“Geoffrey and Matthew chaiken”. Forbes.
  12. ^Williams, Casey (February 12, 2016). “A New App Could Help You Get Cheaper Medicine”. HuffPost.

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