Over-the-Counter Drugs Market Research Reports & Industry Analysis

Over 90% of U.S. adults prefer to treat their minor ailments themselves before seeking professional care. So, over-the-counter (OTC) drug products play an increasingly vital role in America's healthcare system. OTC drugs are nonprescription, defined as drugs that are safe and effective for use by the general public without seeking treatment by a health professional. Among these products are analgesics, digestive remedies, and dermatologicals.

The FDA reviews OTC drugs, primarily handled by the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research Office of Drug Evaluation IV. Because there are over 300,000 marketed OTC drug products, FDA reviews the active ingredients and the labeling of over 80 therapeutic classes of drugs, for example analgesics or antacids, instead of individual drug products.

MarketResearch.com’s comprehensive market research and company reports on the OTC drug industry provide full coverage of OTC drugs, including the cough remedy, contraceptive and smoking cessation markets. Reports focus on consumer health trends and developments and include data on market segmentation, size and growth in the U.S., U.K., Europe, Asia, and global markets.

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Over-the-Counter Drugs Industry Research & Market Reports

  • Cough, Cold and Allergy (Hay Fever) Remedies in the US

    ... With the rise of COVID-19 overlapping with spring allergy season, many Americans were hyperaware of showing any signs of illness, so consumers with allergies sought antihistamine and decongestant medication to avoid their allergy symptoms being ... Read More

  • Digestive Remedies in the US

    ... Although the official recall was in April, many bricks-and-mortar retailers such as CVS and Walgreens had already taken Zantac and other generic ranitidine products off their shelves in late 2019. With COVID-19 fears leading to ... Read More

  • Consumer Health in the US

    ... of 2020 saw minimal changes in behaviour, the sudden shift in attention towards the virus in early March led to rapid stockpiling behaviour of multiple consumer health products, causing shortages and price increases. Following the ... Read More

  • Sleep Aids in the US

    ... and sleep deprivation remains a key issue for many Americans, especially against a backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic. With one in three Americans failing to achieve a minimum seven hours of sleep, sleep aids have ... Read More

  • Analgesics in the US

    ... symptoms. The World Health Organization followed up and briefly issued a recommendation for paracetamol, known in the US as acetaminophen, over ibuprofen, before also soon adding that it did not advice against the use of ... Read More

  • Herbal/Traditional Products in the US

    ... in dietary supplement varieties due to the nature of the current crisis and consumers’ interest in maintaining an optimal defence against COVID-19. Herbal products such as echinacea and elderberry have seen strong demand due to ... Read More

  • Dermatologicals in New Zealand

    ... effects of consumers wearing protective equipment and face masks - used to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This includes cases of eczema flaring up due to long periods of time wearing a mask, with frequent ... Read More

  • Sleep Aids in New Zealand

    ... to increased anxiety across the country, with consumers worried both about the virus itself, about loved ones and venerable family members, as well as worries surrounding financial and job security. Euromonitor International's Sleep Aids in ... Read More

  • Analgesics in New Zealand

    ... During Q1 and Q2, sales were boosted by consumers panic buying, with many fearing that restrictions on shops opening hours and lockdowns would reduce their future access to analgesics. As a consequence, analgesics faced supply ... Read More

  • Herbal/Traditional Products in New Zealand

    ... stockpiling was mainly seen in standard products, with the majority of consumers perceiving these to be more sufficient against warding off the virus, then herbal/traditional products. Euromonitor International's Herbal/Traditional Products in New Zealand report offers ... Read More

  • Cough, Cold and Allergy (Hay Fever) Remedies in New Zealand

    ... the virus, using cough, cold and allergy treatments to try and combat COVID-19. As a result, a large number of retailers, ran out of stock of cough, cold and allergy remedies in March 2020, when ... Read More

  • Digestive Remedies in New Zealand

    ... for digestive remedies during the initial lockdown, when consumers stockpiled goods through fear they would not be able to access supplies in the coming months. Euromonitor International's Digestive Remedies in New Zealand report offers a ... Read More

  • Consumer Health in New Zealand

    ... growth will be due to panic buying and stockpiling of goods, with consumers in Q1 and Q2 of 2020, keen to ensure they had goods they deemed as essentials in the home. This stockpiling coincided ... Read More

  • OTC Medications in Indonesia (2020) – Market Sizes

    ... all other OTC products and those which require prescriptions but includes pharmacy approved. Supplements are excluded unless they are combined with vitamins/medicines and these form a main selling point; or marketed solely as remedies for ... Read More

  • OTC Medications in Germany (2020) – Market Sizes

    ... all other OTC products and those which require prescriptions but includes pharmacy approved. Supplements are excluded unless they are combined with vitamins/medicines and these form a main selling point; or marketed solely as remedies for ... Read More

  • Digestive Remedies in Brazil

    ... as the closure of restaurants, bars and shopping malls were implemented to keep people at home as much as possible. As a consequence, many consumers started cooking more of their own meals at home, a ... Read More

  • Consumer Health in Brazil

    ... with consumers not likely to stop using them, even during a global pandemic. Some of the industry’s products have actually been seeing stronger sales as they are seen as being able to help protect consumers ... Read More

  • Cough, Cold and Allergy (Hay Fever) Remedies in Brazil

    ... the significant growth seen in combination products - cough, cold and allergy (hay fever) remedies. Key brands in this particular category contain well-known pain relief ingredients in their formulations, such as aspirin and dipyrone, helping ... Read More

  • Dermatologicals in Brazil

    ... incomes of local consumers. This meant that, following the recent economic crises in the country, local consumers were once again having to carefully consider their expenditure, with many focusing on only buying essential items and ... Read More

  • Herbal/Traditional Products in Brazil

    ... in 2020. Consumers have been increasing their purchases of products that are believed to boost immunisation. After the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country, consumers increased consumption of items that are thought to help protect them ... Read More

  • Sleep Aids in Brazil

    ... possible. Non-essential retail outlets were closed, along with restaurants and bars, to reduce the possibilities of Brazilians having close interaction with each other. Although this strategy was enjoying some success in containing the spread of ... Read More

  • Analgesics in Brazil

    ... spread of the virus in the country. In order to ensure that they had the necessary items at home, consumers rushed to drugstores to purchase products that would be effective in treating COVID-19. Although no ... Read More

  • Dermatologicals in Australia

    ... remedies/antihistamines and topical antifungals increased during the stockpiling behaviour seen in Australia when the COVID-19 virus emerged in the country in March. Dermatological products such as antipruritics are also set to see slightly higher demand ... Read More

  • Analgesics in Middle East and Africa

    ... economic turmoil in key markets have had a negative impact. Growth potential remains high, with typically low per capita usage across the region, but the onset of COVID-19 can be expected to intensify and exacerbate ... Read More

  • Dermatologicals in Western Europe

    ... constantly growing incidence of allergies, climate changes and increased care of skin conditions, there are many opportunities for growth. Euromonitor International’s Dermatologicals in Western Europe global briefing examines the size, growth trends and potential opportunities ... Read More

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