Italy: market value of non-prescription painkillers 2018, by category

In 2018, non-prescription painkillers to treat muscle pain had a market value of 261 million euros in Italy, ranking first among analgesics. The market value of general painkillers amounted to 213.4 million euros. As the name may suggest, painkillers are drugs that relieve pain, without altering the state of consciousness.

Minor health issues

People take non-prescription analgesics to treat common health issues such as headache, muscle pain or dysmenorrhea. During a survey carried out in Italy in 2017, 40 percent of respondents declared to deal with small health problems quite often. In addition, 56.5 percent of interviewees stated to be in favor of self-medication in case of minor health problems.    

Non-prescription drugs

Non-prescription drugs are products available for purchase without a doctor’s prescription. Painkillers accounted for 21.4 percent of the total sales value of non-prescription drugs, being second only to non-prescription medication for cold, cough and respiratory diseases, which represented 29.8 percent of the total value.

Market value of non-prescription painkillers in Italy in 2018, by category

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