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Frequency of medication purchase at a pharmacy or drugstore in the U.S. 2018

As of 2017, 6% of consumers in the U.S. at the age of 18 to 64 buy medication from their local pharmacies or drugstores daily while close to 30% head there once a month to buy medical preparations.

When it comes to buying medication online, however, the share of monthly purchases among respondents within the same age group amounts to 6%. It seems, consumers are either very satisfied with their local pharmacies which might be due to the personal consulting they can get there. Nevertheless, online pharmacies seem to be a convenient option for all those people who are unable to leave their homes.

Growth in sales of pharmacies and drug stores
From 1992 to 2018, the pharmacy and drug store sales in the United States have increased by a considerable margin. A supporting driver of this figure might be the aging population in the United States – with an increase of people older than 64 by more than 3% from 2008 to 2018. Older people are usually more susceptible to the use of prescription drugs than their younger counterparts as they might need regular medication for a variety of reasons.

How often do you buy medication at a local pharmacy or drugstore?

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Number of respondents

4,092 respondents

Age group

18 to 64 years

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