Market Data

By allowing individuals to address by themselves conditions when medical advice is not necessary, self-care products provide significant public health and economic benefits for societies. They reduce a significant burden on health systems, freeing at the same time health professionals’ time to counsel patients in need of professional care.

The economic value of self-care has been demonstrated in several studies, including an AESGP study on the Economic and Public Health Value of Self-Medication and a Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) study in the USA which showed that for every dollar spent on non-prescription medicines 7 dollars are saved for the healthcare system. 

AESGP presents in this page sales figures from European markets collected mainly in collaboration with its member associations. AESGP wishes to thank the associations for their kind support as well as IMS Health and national authorities which provided sales figures for countries where information from national associations was not available.

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Market data is presented by AESGP for information purposes. AESGP cannot be held liable for the use of the market data by third parties.

Total pharmaceutical market

Total pharmaceutical market sales : data

Total pharmaceutical market annual change : data

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Total sales in million EUR. At consumer price level unless otherwise specified. (MSP: Manufacturer Selling Price WP: Wholesale Price)

% change from previous year based on sales figures at national currency (or currency in which market data reported by national association).

For more information, see the market data FAQ and the AESGP Med Data Bank, or contact info@aesgp.eu.

Non-prescription medicines market

Total non-prescription medicines market sales : data

Total non-prescription market annual change : data

Non-prescription market as a share of total pharmaceutical market : data

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Total sales in million EUR. At consumer price level unless otherwise specified. 

Changes over previous year and percentage of non-prescription market in relation to total pharmaceutical market estimated based on national currencies/currencies reported by the countries.

For more information, see the market data FAQ and the AESGP Med Data Bank, or contact info@aesgp.eu. 

Self-medication market

Total self-medication market sales : data

Self-medication market as a share of total pharmaceutical market : data

Total self-medication market annual change : data

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Total sales in million EUR. At consumer price level unless otherwise specified.

Changes over previous year and percentage of self-medication market in relation to total pharmaceutical market estimated based on national currencies/currencies reported by the countries.

For more information, see the market data FAQ and the AESGP Med Data Bank, or contact info@aesgp.eu. 

Self-medication product groups

Analgesics sales : data

Cough & cold sales : data

Digestives & Intestinal sales : data

Skin Treatment sales : data

Vitamins & Minerals sales : data

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EUR million. Excluding hospital sales. At consumer price level unless otherwise stated. 

For more information, see the market data FAQ and the AESGP Med Data Bank, or contact info@aesgp.eu. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the source of the figures presented here?

    Sales figures from European markets are collected mainly in collaboration with member associations of AESGP, IMS Health and national authorities.

  • What are the definitions for “non-prescription medicines market” and “self-medication market” used here?

    “Non-prescription medicines market” represents the total sales of medicines with a non-prescription status/legal classification.

    “Self-medication market” represents the sales of non-prescription medicines purchased directly by consumers without the use of a medical prescription.

  • At which price level are figures presented?

    Figures are presented at the price level at which they were reported by the countries. Sales figures are presented at consumer price level, unless otherwise noted. Presentation at a price level different than consumer price means that available information did not allow the estimation of the market at this price level.

  • Why is some information missing?

    Depending on the national market characteristics and the methodology and source of information used by the associations reporting the data, it may be observed that sales figures for non-prescription medicines or the self-medication market are not available or not possible to estimate.

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