Indian pharma platform Retailio pilots drone medicine delivery

Digital pharmaceutical market Retailio has tried out drone medication supply in collaboration with drone logistics agency Redwing Labs.

The pilot programme was performed within the Chickkaballapur district in Karnataka. With a mean pace of 90 kilometres per hour and a payload weight of as much as two kilograms, the hybrid VTOL (vertical take-off and touchdown) drones coated a few 10-km distance between Gauribidanur and the Hossur Main Healthcare Centre in eight minutes.

The programme was primarily targeted on delivering vital life-saving medicines to hospitals beneath 10 minutes whereas sustaining chilly chain and different norms.

Retailio connects distributors and pharma firms by way of its on-line platform. It’s current in additional than 100 cities with a community of over a thousand pharma firms, round 3,000 distributors, and about 100,000 pharmacies, hospitals, and nursing properties.


One of many greatest considerations of the Indian healthcare system is entry. That is demonstrated by the scarcity of its medical professionals whose depend, in accordance with research, is under the edge set by the World Well being Organisation. 

“The imaginative and prescient to combine drones within the healthcare ecosystem is a vital step in direction of environment friendly medication supply. We really feel autonomous drones at scale would herald a variety of disruption in healthcare supply,” stated Retailio CEO Mithil Jain. 

Claiming the success of its trial drone supply, the corporate official stated alternatives have opened as much as present healthcare provides to distant areas across the nation. 


Since liberalising its drone coverage final 12 months, India witnessed the primary drone supply of medical provides, together with COVID-19 vaccines, in September. The month-long trial of the Medication from the Sky venture was organised by the World Financial Discussion board in partnership with the Telangana state authorities, Apollo Hospital’s well being tech unit HealthNet International and authorities suppose tank NITI Aayog. Not solely was the drone supply of vaccines a country-first however was additionally a primary in Asia. 

Two months later, drone maker Tech Eagle, along with the state authorities of Meghalaya, tried out medication supply through a hybrid VTOL drone protecting a distance of 25 km in lower than 25 minutes.

Final week, the federal government of Arunachal Pradesh stated it’s trying to pilot drones for healthcare supply and afforestation.


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