Amazon began selling the Basic Care line last August. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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Median prices for over-the-counter, private-brand medicine sold by Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. and CVS Health Corp. were about 20 percent higher than Basic Care, the over-the-counter drug line sold exclusively by Amazon, according to a report Friday by Jefferies Group analysts.Two allergy medications – cetirizine, also known as Zyrtec, and loratadine, sold under the Claritin brand – cost about three-quarters less on Amazon than the drugstore chains' house brands did in the store.The Jefferies report said 84 percent of Walgreens' and 72 percent of CVS's house-brand drugs were more expensive than the Basic Care line.
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