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Wholesale turnover of pharmaceutical goods in the United Kingdom 2008-2018

In 2018, the wholesale of pharmaceutical goods in the United Kingdom produced an estimated turnover of approximately 49 billion British pounds. The annual turnover of pharmaceutical goods in the UK has significantly increased since 2014.

Rise in turnover matches rise in enterprises

Alongside the increased turnover in the pharmaceutical wholesale sector in the UK, the number of enterprises in the sector has increased. The number of enterprises for the wholesale of pharmaceutical goods has increased from less than 2.1 thousand to over 2.7 thousand in the period between 2008 and 2018.

What products are being consumed in the UK?

Pain relief was the over-the-counter category which received the highest sales value in Great Britain in the period at over 566 million British pounds. This was followed by medication for coughs, colds and sore throats which had a sales value of approximately 460 million British pounds. In terms of prescription drugs, Atorvastatin was the most dispensed drug in England in 2018, which treats those with high cholesterol.

Annual turnover of pharmaceutical goods wholesalers in the United Kingdom from 2008 to 2018

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Release date

November 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2008 to 2018

Special properties

Sample used to estimate totals*

Supplementary notes

Data is based on current prices. 'Turnover' refers to the total generated income of the business(es).
* The Annual Business Survey uses a sample of data from 62,000 businesses in the Non-Financial Economy in Great Britain and 11,000 in Northern Ireland to draw estimate totals for the whole business population.

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