Total pharmaceutical sales down, parallel imports up

The sales of pharmaceuticals declined in 2012 in Sweden. Sales of medicines in pharmacies, calculated as AIP, pharmacy purchase prices, was 1.1 percent lower in 2012 than in 2011 and ended at 30.4 billion. This is evident in statistics taken from IMS Health and Pharmacy Service AB, according to the Medical Industry Association’s web-magazine Lif-e-time. The statistics include only drug sales in pharmacies – sales of OTC products in grocery stores and other retail outlets are excluded. Generics increased by over 8 per cent in 2012 to 4.9 billion. The sale of parallel imported products increased by 40 percent and amounted to 5 billion.

Source: Pharma Online 2013-01-31 , see Lif-e-time, the pharmaceutical industry