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Cough, cold and sore throat treatments sales value in Great Britain 2009-2019

The sales value of over-the-counter (OTC) cough, cold and sore throat treatments in Great Britain was over 478 million British pounds in 2019. This was the highest value in the provided time interval and represented a 6.7 percent increase on the previous year.

OTC medicine market in Great Britain 

Cough, cold and sore throat medication had the second highest sales value in 2019, when broken down by drug categories. Pain relief medication was the category with the highest sales value, at approximately 628.6 million British pounds. Vitamins and minerals had a sales value of 431.5 million British pounds, the third highest category overall in Great Britain. 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

The classification which had the highest growth of sales value in Great Britain between 2018 and 2019 was pain relief with a growth of 9.3 percent. This was closely followed by sleeping aid medication which grew by 8.3 percent compared to the previous year. 

Sales value of cough, cold and sore throat 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 refers to 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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