SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Nurx, a consumer health company offering easy online access to physicians and seamless delivery of medications, today announced Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA will join the telemedicine company's board of directors. With Dr. Benjamin's strong commitment to prevention she will advise the company on public health and population health issues.
"As a practicing physician in rural Alabama to the United States Surgeon General, Dr. Benjamin has consistently demonstrated her commitment to community health and pushing for innovative healthcare solutions," said Nurx CEO Hans Gangeskar. "We are thrilled that Dr. Benjamin will bring these same insights to Nurx."
Dr. Benjamin joins Nurx as it continues to build a new type of telemedicine service, with a special focus on those who often lack access to affordable healthcare services and prescription medications. Initially starting with birth control, Nurx has since added PrEP, a prevention medication aimed at HIV negative patients. Nurx is currently the only company that offers an at-home test kit and PrEP medication, removing a crucial barrier for treatment.
"I have always been committed to ensuring everyone has access to quality affordable healthcare, regardless of their income or where they live," said Dr. Benjamin. "I look forward to working with the Nurx team as they break down barriers to care, increase access, and ultimately help improve the health of the nation."
In addition to an MBA degree, Dr. Benjamin's career in medicine and public health makes her exceptionally qualified to advise Nurx. She was the first physician under the age of 40 and the first African-American woman to be elected to the American Medical Association Board of Trustees and was Chair of its Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs. She has received the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights and the 2000 National Caring Award, which was inspired by Mother Teresa. She became the first female African-American president of a state medical society in the United States when she assumed leadership of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama. She is Founder and CEO of BayouClinic, Inc and of the Gulf States Health Policy Center. Dr. Benjamin serves on several boards, including two large health systems, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan, Inc. and Ascension, Inc.
Founded in 2015 by Hans Gangeskar and Dr. Edvard Engesæth, Nurx is addressing critical public health issues through its telemedicine platform, which integrates an owned-and-operated pharmacy, a network of partner physicians, and a mobile telehealth app to create a seamless, end-to-end digital health experience for customers. Through Nurx, people can safely and securely consult with licensed medical providers, have their medications delivered to their home, obtain ongoing information about their medication, and ask questions at any time. Nurx also works with most forms of insurance, enabling the majority of insurance customers to receive affordable medication.
Nurx is currently available in 21 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to Dr. Benjamin's appointment, Nurx also recently welcomed public health leader Chelsea Clinton to its board of directors and raised $36 million in Series B funding.
About Nurx Nurx is a telemedicine platform offering easy online access to medical providers and seamless delivery of medications. No more time-consuming trips to the clinic and no more frantic pharmacy runs. We put you in control of your own health, empowering you to get the care you need, when you need it. Starting with birth control and PrEP for HIV prevention, Nurx is available in 20 states and counting. From diagnosis to delivery of prescriptions, we make every part of getting healthy and staying healthy, better.