Pain relief treatments sales value in Great Britain 2009-2019

The sales value of over-the-counter (OTC) pain relief treatments in Great Britain was approximately 628.6 million British pounds in 2019. This was the highest value in the provided time interval, increasing by around 62 million pounds from the preceding year.

OTC medicine market in Great Britain

Pain relief was the OTC category with the highest sales value in Great Britain in 2019. Cough, cold and sore throat medication followed with a sales value of around 479 million, while vitamins and minerals were the third highest at 432 million British pounds. Overall, the sales value of OTC drugs has increased from 1.65 billion British pounds in the year 2000 to being worth approximately 2.74 billion British pounds in 2019.  

Growth of other OTC categories

At over 9.3 percent, the pain relief category was the classification which had the highest growth of sales value in Great Britain between 2018 and 2019. This was closely followed by sleeping aid medication which grew by 8.3 percent from 2018 to 2019.  

Sales value of pain relief treatments in Great Britain from 2009 to 2019

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Release date

March 2020


United Kingdom (Great Britain)

Survey time period

2009 to 2019

Supplementary notes

Sales data is for all outlets excluding health food stores.
Data for 2016 covers 52 week period ending April 23, 2016.

Data from 2009 to 2013 taken from annual review's previously published by the source.

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