Honeybee Health Named to Fast Company’s Annual List of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2021


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Leading online pharmacy that sells affordable Rx medications without need for insurance is among top-ranked in health category

CULVER CITY, CALIF.– Online pharmacy Honeybee Health has been named to Fast Company’s prestigious annual list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2021 in the health category. The list honors the businesses that have not only found a way to be resilient in the past year, but also turned those challenges into impact-making processes. This year’s MIC list features 463 businesses from 29 countries.

“The current coronavirus crisis highlights structural problems that existed in the U.S. healthcare system long before the virus first hit our country,” said Dr. Jessica Nouhavandi, lead pharmacist, co-founder, and co-CEO of Honeybee Health. “We founded Honeybee Health in 2019 in order to address these inequalities. Because of our long-standing commitment to that mission, we have been uniquely positioned during COVID-19 to help the millions of Americans who have lost their jobs and, consequently, their employer-provided health insurance. We’re thrilled to receive this honor from Fast Company and look forward to continuing to expand access to safe, affordable medications for everyone in this country.” 

In addition to stepping into a void to help patients during COVID-19, Honeybee Health has greatly expanded its core offerings throughout 2020 with the launch of three new product lines: multi-manufacturer prescriptions, controlled substances, and premium supplements. 

In the early fall, the company revealed an entirely new website that gave customers the ability to choose their preferred generic drug manufacturer for the first time. This brought an unprecedented level of transparency to the pharmacy experience, allowing customers to decide on a manufacturer based on location, history, pill shape, color, inactive ingredients, and price. Now at Honeybee Health, patients can find the perfect fit for their body and can be confident that they receive the exact same medicine—same manufacturer, same color, same shape, same pill—month after month. 

Following that launch, Honeybee Health began selling select controlled medications in schedule III, IV, and V that help address a wider range of disease states. Also in 2020, Honeybee Health expanded its over-the-counter offerings, including launching a line of premium supplements: B Complex, Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ-10), Multi-Mineral, Multi-Vitamin, Vitamin C, and two different doses of Vitamin D3. With this new product line, pharmacists now can provide customers with personalized suggestions for supplements and vitamins based on given prescription medications and disease states. 

Fast Company’s editors and writers sought out the most groundbreaking businesses across the globe and industries. They also judged nominations received through their application process.

The World’s Most Innovative Companies is Fast Company’s signature franchise and one of its most highly anticipated editorial efforts of the year. It provides both a snapshot and a road map for the future of innovation across the most dynamic sectors of the economy. 

“In a year of unprecedented challenges, the companies on this list exhibit fearlessness, ingenuity, and creativity in the face of crisis,” said Fast Company Deputy Editor David Lidsky, who oversaw the issue with Senior Editor Amy Farley.

Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies issue (March/April 2021) is now available online here, as well as in app form via iTunes and on newsstands beginning March 16, 2021. The hashtag is #FCMostInnovative. 


Honeybee Health is an online pharmacy that provides generic prescription medications without the need for insurance and allows customers to choose their preferred generic manufacturer. We buy from FDA-approved, U.S. wholesalers and cut out the middlemen—like insurance companies and pharmacy benefit managers—to offer generic medications up to 80 percent less than what traditional pharmacies charge. Honeybee Health currently operates in 44 states and territories and serves tens of thousands of customers nationwide. For more about Honeybee Health, visit www.honeybeehealth.com, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


Fast Company is the only media brand fully dedicated to the vital intersection of business, innovation, and design, engaging the most influential leaders, companies, and thinkers on the future of business. The editor-in-chief is Stephanie Mehta. Headquartered in New York City, Fast Company is published by Mansueto Ventures LLC, along with our sister publication Inc., and can be found online at www.fastcompany.com.

Dr. Jessica Nouhavandi