Value of pharmaceutical sales in Sweden 2000-2018

Pharmaceutical sales in Sweden increased since the year 2000, when the sales value amounted to around 21 billion Swedish kronor, and reached the highest value in 2018 when pharmaceuticals were sold for more than 47 billion Swedish kronor. The leading player on the market for self-care pharmaceuticals in Sweden in 2018 was McNeil, whose sales in Sweden reached around 834 million Swedish kronor that year.

Highest sales of subsidized pharmaceuticals

   The sales of pharmaceuticals in Sweden is divided into four prescription groups: subsidized prescription, unsubsidized pharmaceuticals, non-prescribed pharmaceuticals and pharmaceutical for inpatient care. The largest part of the pharmaceutical sales in Sweden consists of sales of subsidized prescription pharmaceuticals.

The costs of subsidized pharmaceuticals

   Subsidized pharmaceuticals in Sweden are partly paid by the patient, and when the patient has reached a set amount (maximum 2,350 Swedish kronor during 2020), the state subvention will cover the rest of the costs. The self-paid amount varies and set at a different maximum amount each year. In 2018 per capita expenditure on subsidized pharmaceuticals was 2,373 Swedish kronor.

Total value of pharmaceutical sales in Sweden from 2000 to 2018

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Release date

April 2020



Survey time period

2000 to 2018

Supplementary notes

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Values have been rounded.

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