Entrepreneur Was Frustrated by Patients’ Pill Confusion

(p. B2) TJ Parker grew up working the counter for his father’s pharmacy in Concord, N.H., where he became frustrated by how much customers struggled to keep track of their medications.
He went to pharmacy school but rather than take up the family business, he and a friend set out to change it. In 2013, they launched an online pharmacy from Manchester, N.H. On Thursday, the 32-year-old CEO said he sold his startup to Amazon.com Inc. It was a roughly $1 billion deal, according to people familiar with the deal. Mr. Parker is expected to stay involved after the deal, said a person familiar with the matter.
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One of the company’s earliest investors, David Frankel of Boston-based Founders Collective, wrote in a post on the website Medium Thursday that the company showed promise with two founders that complement each other.
“TJ cherishes beautiful design but has the bearing of a doctor,” he wrote of Mr. Parker, while Mr. Cohen was able to master the technical challenges behind an “indispensable pill dispensing solution.”
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While attending the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston, he started taking fashion-design classes at the nearby Massachusetts College of Art. “Pharmacy school was sooo boring,” he said in the interview.
His design-school stint was short-lived, but the expertise, he said, inspired PillPack’s concept of simplifying medication regimens by sorting pills into so-called “dose packets,” dispensed from a small box in baggies marked with the date and time they are to be taken.
It turned out to be a billion-dollar idea.

For the full story, see:
Eliot Brown and Sharon Terlep. “Frustrated Pharmacist Came Up With PillPack.” The Wall Street Journal (Friday, June 29, 2018): B2.
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(Note: the online version of the story has the date June 28, 2018, and has the title “Behind PillPack’s $1 Billion Sale, a Frustrated 32-Year-Old Pharmacist.”)

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