Mastercard, Judopay enable online U.K. pharmacy payments

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Mastercard and Judopay have teamed up to enable mobile payments through The Pharmacy Centre.

The Pharmacy Centre is a provider of pharmacy websites and marketing solutions serving over 1,500 independent pharmacies across the U.K. Pharmacy Centre also offers a white-label e-commerce service that will leverage Judopay’s mobile payments platform to help drive sales among mobile-first consumers.

The Judopay platform is claimed to provide an ultra-fast setup capability that Pharmacy Centre will use to bring its solutions to its e-commerce platform for prescriptions and medical supply distribution. The long-term plan is for Judopay to expand these capabilities into a full online e-commerce suite for pharmacies and other medical service providers.

“Our partnership with The Pharmacy Centre is solving a clear challenge in the market by removing any potential risk of infection when customers are purchasing their essential medical goods,” Judopay CEO Jeremy Nicholds said in a press release.

Mastercard is supporting Judopay’s platform by enabling its remote PaybyLink and other digital payment methods. This will allow customers to buy their essential supplies online and have them delivered directly to their door.

In 2017, Judopay formed a partnership with Visa’s CyberSource unit to extend the startup’s mobile payments reach to international customers.

According to Crunchbase, a website that tracks investments in private companies, JudoPay has raised over $14 million in capital in funding rounds since 2013.

“It’s great to see how businesses are innovating to better serve the needs of their customers during this pandemic," Scott Abrahams, senior vice president of business development and fintech at Mastercard, said in the press release. "We’re proud to be partnering with Judopay and The Pharmacy Centre to ensure customers across the U.K. can access pharmacy supplies online and pay in a safe and secure way.”

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