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We compared the prices of popular flu medicines at Dis-Chem, Clicks and MediRite – and there was very little difference

Bombi Mavundza , Business Insider SA
 Aug 08, 2018, 10:16 AM
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  • Flu season is still in full swing in South Africa. 
  • Business Insider compiled a list of our most trusted medicines to treat cold and flu symptoms.
  • We then visited three of South Africa's largest pharmacy chains to find out who offered the cheapest prices for these medicines.
  • We found surprisingly little difference between the three.

This article has been updated*

Flu season is still in full swing in South Africa, and Business Insider South Africa visited Dis-Chem, Clicks and MediRite (the in-store pharmacies at Shoprite and Checkers) to look at their prices for the most popular over-the-counter medication to treat symptoms.

First, we consulted our colleagues and friends to compile a list of their go-to medications to treat flu and colds.

Then, we visited the stores to compare prices of these medications.

The yellow highlights indicate the cheapest prices in the table below.

Dis-Chem emerged as the most expensive of the three – but only 4.4% more expensive than MediRite, the cheapest. The difference between those two and Clicks was barely discernible.

* An earlier version of this article featured an incorrect calculation, and the incorrect conclusion that MediRite was significantly cheaper than Dis-Chem and Clicks. This is not, in fact, the case. Business Insider South Africa apologises for the error.

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