- Mar 03, 2021
- Business Update
JD Pharmacy Offers Online Buying and In-store Pickup for New Rare Disease Medication
by Martin Li
JD Pharmacy has started providing online purchase and offline pickup service for a new rare disease medicine.
Customers can buy MAYZNT, which treats rare disease multiple sclerosis (MS), on JD Pharmacy’s online platform and pick it up at the pharmacy nearest to their homes.
JD Pharmacy became the first online partner of the medicine after JD Health and Novartis China announced a partnerhsip in Shanghai in September last year.
The service now covers more than 10 provinces and municipalities, including Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Chongqing and Sichuan. More places are expected to be covered in the near future.
Novartis will continue cooperating with JD Pharmacy to expand coverage of the new medication, according to Novartis representative.
Enlin Jin, manager of the medicine unit of JD Health, said that the partnership is a symbolic step in JD Health’s exploration of self-owned cold chain service. The two companies will continue cooperating to improve patients’ convenience in buying medicine.
There are more than 2.5 million multiple sclerosis patients around the world. In China the number is around 30,000, according to statistics of neurology branch of Chinese Medical Association.