Top 5 apps for ordering medicines online


Online transactions have been the buzzword these days. Right from ordering cabs to home delivery of food - we are getting used to doing everything online. The latest in the list is doorstep delivery of prescription medicines. Yes, you heard it right. You can now order your medicines online. And the best part is most of these services have presence on web and as mobile apps. We will pick the top apps for ordering prescription medicines.

Most of the pharmacy startups in India have been licensed pharmacists, with a few of them working with tie ups with local pharmacies.
Rather than going for high end medicines, you can opt for generic medicines from these apps. They need you to upload a prescription through your phone camera. If you think you are too lazy for the local medical stores, these are the best apps for you to deliver your prescription medicines at your doorstep.

#1. 1mg

1mg is more than a local pharmacy. In addition to letting you order your medicines, it also helps you gather information on your medicines. It also sells you generic medicines.

Even if you do not want to buy medicines from them, you may use the app to to know more about it. You can find out about the substitutes and side effects (if any) of the drugs you are ordering. The service is operational in Delhi-NCR, Chennai, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Agra, Indore, Bhopal and Bengaluru. It has partnerships with pharmacies in these locations. It lets you get your medicines from one of the nearest partnered pharmacy.


A few salient features of the app are
  • It lets you find the substitutes for medicines. You just enter the name of the medicine and it offers you the list of cheaper alternatives.
  • You can continue getting personalised health tips based on the drugs you order. Moreover, these health tips come from experienced doctors themselves.
  • The side effects of your prescription medicines is listed on the app and the site for about 100000 drugs.
  • You can use the app to book diagnostic tests.
  • The service lets you find the best doctors at your location. Appointments can be booked through the app in Delhi-NCR, Bengaluru, Chennai and Mumbai.
  • It has an added advantage of getting second opinion on cancer from experts in the field.

The app has won several awards for its excellence in the field. They have apps for both Android and iOS.

Website - www.1mg.com

#2. Inayo

The app promises to deliver your medicines in just under 90 minutes. It is a healthcare app that works across web, WhatsApp and Android.


With a Medicines At Home tagline, Inayo maintains your medical history based on the medicines ordered. It also lets you book tests. The service offers some fabulous discounts for almost every order. The interface is simple and user friendly. Inayo is currently servicing the Powai area in Mumbai.

Some noteworthy features of the app (and service) are
  • You can order over the counter drugs along with the prescription medicines.
  • Inayo delivers generic medicines, baby care products, personal care products and other health products.
  • You can book tests online at a center near your location. Inayo delivers the reports to your doorstep.You have the option of receiving the reports on your email as well.
  • It provides free delivery for orders above Rs. 200.


Once you upload your prescriptions and order the medicines, you keep getting dosage reminders. That's indeed a thoughtful addition, one must agree. You can place orders via the web, Android app and on WhatsApp.

Website - www.inayo.in

#3. NetMeds

NetMeds is a licensed online pharmacy. It has almost a pan - India presence. You can order your medicines from anywhere in the world, but please note that the orders will only be delivered to locations in India.



Promoted by Dadha Company which is a trusted name in the field of prescription drugs. The firm is known for quality since 1914. NetMeds is a pioneer in India in the field of mega online pharmacy. Ordering your drugs is a breeze with the service. Just download the NetMeds app, upload your prescription and place your order. Your medicines will be delivered to you in two to three days. Payments can be made via cash, or using credit/debit cards. Cash on delivery orders below Rs. 1000 will be charged Rs. 49 for shipping.

So now, here are a few features of the app -
  • The app has no geological boundaries as long as you place the order for an Indian location.
  • The customer service is quite impressive. You can place your queries via email, or WhatsApp.
  • The app has a rewards system for your orders. You can redeem your reward points on your next orders.
  • The app offers you a 15% off on your orders. A 5 % discount is available for non prescription drugs.

NetMeds offers you special discount and cashback offers from time to time. Apart from the prescription medicines, the app also sells over the counter drugs like herbal products, personal care products and health devices among others. NetMeds has mobile apps for Android and iOS.

Website - www.netmeds.com

#4. Myra Medicines

The smartest app for ordering medicines - Myra Medicines is currently operational in Bengaluru and surrounding areas. It accepts orders on cash on delivery and card payment options.


You will need a valid prescription for ordering the medicines using the app. All the prescriptions are personally checked and verified by a qualified pharmacist before confirming the order. The hard copy of your prescription will be stamped and an image of the same is photographed before delivery.

A few salient features of the app are -
  • The app is operational only in Bengaluru and its neighbourhood.
  • The medicines are delivered within 30 minutes of placing the order.
  • The service offers a flat 15 % discount on all orders.
  • There is no delivery or shipping charges.

Myra Medicines operates Monday to Saturday and the store timings are 9.00 am to 10.00 pm. They have well organised apps for Android and iOS.

Website - www.myramed.in

#5. Pluss

Pluss, deriving its name from the plus sign of the medical profession is the youngest appmin its genre. It was founded in 2015 and operational from Gurgaon. It promises one day delivery for the orders placed through the app.

Pluss is currently operational in Delhi/NCR, Hyderabad and Bengaluru. It claims to deliver the medicines within a couple of hours in serviceable areas. In addition to the prescription medicines, Pluss also provides the delivery of over the counter drugs. You can place orders for personal care products, Ayurvedic medicines, baby care products and pet care products as well.

A few features of the app are
  • It is an easy to use app. You have a simple and user friendly interface.
  • Just click a photograph of the prescription and upload it on the app.
  • The app claims to have free exchange offers. Please note that you need to fulfil certain conditions to avail the exchange.
  • The app does not charge any delivery charges.
  • There is no minimum order quantity. You may order any quantity as you may please.

Being the youngest of the lot, Pluss has a long way to go. But the performance has been promising. It has apps for both Android and iOS platforms.

Website - www.plussapp.com

Any alternatives?

Well, being a unique concept - there are not many buyers to this novel idea. However, of late there are a few startups coming up. BookMeds is one such app. They have tied up with local registered pharmacies and authorised distributors. The service is operational in Kolkata and Hyderabad. BookMeds supplies prescription medicines, over the counter drugs and other personal care products. The app also lets you buy surgical or medical devices and equipment. They have an app for Android. Visit www.bookmeds.com for more details.

And finally......

The concept of ordering apps through web, or using mobile apps is quite new in India. The arena has been growing at a slow pace. I would consider it a blessing in disguise. If you are too busy, or too sick to travel to a medical store, the easy to use apps are very helpful. Of the apps featured above, NetMeds has more acceptability because of worldwide access and nationwide delivery options. Have any of you used these apps? We would welcome our readers to share their experiences through the comments.


Article by Timmappa Kamat
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Comments

Guest Author: Karan28 Oct 2017

I have been a fan of online shopping, so as always I even order my medicines online. Now ordering medicines is easier, convenient and reliable too. All you need to do is just upload the prescription and get all the medicines delivered at your doorstep with discounts.

Here is the list of online medicine providers in India who served their best services:

Myra- https://goo.gl/9ath5d

Netmeds- Netmeds.com: Indian Online Pharmacy | Buy Medicines Online, Fast Delivery

1mg- Online Medicine Store: Buy Medicines Online from India's Trusted Pharmacy | 1mg

Healthians- https://goo.gl/TqeEiT

Buying medicines online is the new trend in India and in future you may find some more new names.



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