COVID-19 Drives 11% Price Rise For Cough and Cold OTCs In UK
Online price of cough and cold OTCs up double-digits in past week, according to the UK's Office for National Statistics. Paracetamol and vitamin D among other popular health products to record price rises.
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Online prices of paracetamol in the UK increased by more than 2% in the past week in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, according to the Office for National Statistics. By contrast, prices for cough and cold drugs fell after a double-digit rise the previous week.
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