Digital opioid use dysfunction therapy firm Bicycle Well being is partnering with grocery store chain Albertsons to permit the telehealth firm’s suppliers to prescribe buprenorphine month-to-month injections for opioid use dysfunction that may be stuffed inside Albertsons’ pharmacies throughout 17 states.
Buprenorphine has been proven to cut back the danger of dying after an opioid overdose.
Bicycle Well being’s docs, doctor assistants and nurse practitioners will have the ability to prescribe the extended-release injections (referred to as Sublocade) as a substitute for buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone), which is an oral remedy taken day by day.
Sufferers might be prescribed the remedy nearly by the corporate’s app and obtain the injection from an on-site pharmacist at one of many 700 collaborating Albertsons’ pharmacies.
“Growing entry to drugs for opioid use dysfunction (MOUD) is crucial to overcoming the nation’s opioid disaster. By increasing the provision of Sublocade to Albertsons Cos. pharmacies will assist shield the progress made throughout COVID and speed up utilization of MOUD by making new therapy choices out there,” Ankit Gupta, founder and CEO of Bicycle Well being, stated in an announcement.
THE LARGER TREND
Bicycle Well being has introduced a number of partnerships over the previous 12 months.
In February, Bicycle Well being teamed with medical and psychological healthcare supplier Wellpath to supply digital opioid use dysfunction companies to people dwelling within the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ Residential Reentry Facilities.
Final 12 months, the corporate partnered with emergency telehealth supplier Tele911 to attach sufferers who skilled an overdose or have signs of opioid use dysfunction to Bicycle Well being suppliers after being evaluated by a Tele911 emergency doctor.
The digital care firm has secured important funding, together with $50 million in a Collection B funding spherical final 12 months and $27 million in a Collection A spherical in 2021.