Medical care supplies and cosmetics are increasingly important in supporting pharmacy mail order. According to information from IMS Health, both areas experienced double-digit growth, with mail-order pharmacies achieving total sales volume of EUR 680 million in the first quarter of 2012, growing by 5.5%.
Both of these areas draw a positive picture:
- Medical supplies and requirements (tests, medicines and medical aids): sales of EUR 33 million (+9%) and volume growth of 15 percent.
- Cosmetics and personal care products: sales of EUR 71 million (+14%). This segment now has a share of more than 10% of total sales for mail-order pharmacies.
With just over EUR 100 million, the two product areas outlined make up a seventh of total mail order sales. The most important area is the OTC segment, with more than half of the sales revenue achieved through this.
Quelle: MTD-Instant (41/2012)