Total OTC drugs market shipment value in Japan 2010-2019

The statistic presents the total shipment value of the over-the-counter drugs (OTC) market in Japan from 2010 to 2019. The OTC market size was forecasted to amount to approximately 826 billion Japanese Yen by 2019, up from 809 billion yen in 2015.

Total shipment value of the over-the-counter drugs (OTC) market in Japan from 2010 to 2019

Shipment value in billion Japanese yen
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Release date

November 2016



Survey time period

June to September 2016

Special properties

market size is based on the shipment value at manufacturers

Method of interview

Face-to-face interviews, telephone interviews

Supplementary notes

Research targets were domestic leading OTC manufacturers.
The source states, that the OTC market is calculated by totaling the shipment amounts of both OTC (including guidance-needed medicines, first, second, and third-category nonprescription drugs) and designated quasi drugs (items that became quasi drugs designated by Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare), such as health drinks sold at convenience stores, etc.
The source provides the following information: "The figures until 2011 are extracted from Statistics on Dynamic Pharmaceutical Industrial Production from MHLW, the figures from 2012 to 2015 are based on prospects by Yano Research Institute, and the figures in 2016 and beyond are forecast calculated by Yano Research Institute."
1 Japanese Yen equals 0.00898 U.S. dollars or 0.00842 euros as of April 2017.
Values have been rounded.

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