Amazon Basic Care: OTC pills killing off US drugstores

As Amazon moves into pharmaceuticals, over-the-counter meds could soon become through-the-mailbox meds. Couple this with growing comfort among American consumers for seeking medical advice online, and the diagnosis looks bleak for the country’s drugstore chains and independents.

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The days of dragging yourself out of bed and into the nearest drugstore to desperately beg for the strongest medication to cure your cold, alleviate your allergies or help grow your hair back might just be over. Now, over-the-counter (OTC) medication can be delivered right to your door in a matter of hours. Well, that’s the promise behind Amazon’s Basic Care range, but will this be the nail in the coffin for already-struggling high-street pharmacy chains and independents?