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Shares of GoodRx plunge after Amazon proclaims push into pharmacy

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GoodRx signage on the outside of the Nasdaq on the day of its IPO, September 23, 2020.

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Shares of GoodRx, a company that finds users prescription drugs at a discount, plunged more than 20% Tuesday after Amazon announced its biggest move yet into the pharmacy space.

The e-commerce giant revealed Amazon Pharmacy before the bell on Tuesday, which will allow customers in the United States to order prescription medications for home delivery. Amazon Prime members will get free delivery.

The announcement also spooked investors in traditional pharmacy giants. Shares of CVS and Walgreens were both down more than 8%, while Rite Aid’s stock dropped 15%.

Amazon shares were up about .5%.

Doctors will be able to send prescription requests directly to Amazon Pharmacy. Patients can also request to transfer their prescriptions from an existing retailer, like Rite Aid or CVS.

GoodRx, meanwhile, offers users a free list of discount cards and coupons to cut down costs of their prescription medication. The company collects fees from the pharmacy benefits managers it works with.

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Katherine Clark