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North America Over the Counter Drugs Market Research Report - Segmented By Product Type, Formulation Type, Distribution Channels & Country (The United States, Canada and Rest of North America) - Industry Analysis on Size, Share, Trends, COVID-19 Impact & Growth Forecast (2022 to 2027)

Published: March, 2023
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Pages: 145
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North America OTC Drugs Market Size (2022 to 2027)

The North American Over Counter drugs market was estimated at USD 60.00 billion in 2022. It is projected to grow and be worth USD 86.94 billion by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 7.70% between 2022 and 2027.

Shifting the focus of pharmaceutical companies on OTC drugs over prescription drugs is fuelling the growth of the over-the-counter drugs market in North America.

Increasing preference of people to opt for the over the counter drugs for minor injuries rather than seeking intensive treatment offered by healthcare professionals in the region, particularly in the countries like the U.S, Canada, and Mexico, is leading to increased demand for OTC drugs, which is boosting the growth of the over-the-counter drugs market in North America. In addition, many mid-size and small players are emerging in the region and introducing novel medications with lower prices, boosting the over-the-counter drugs market in this area.

Increasing the prevalence of unhealthy lifestyles and bad food habits, as most people eat junk food, leads to ineffective responses for the already available drugs, which pushes the need for research and development activities, resulting in the launch of novel drugs at regular intervals into the market. This is cumulatively creating several growth opportunities for the emerging and key players functioning in the over-the-counter drugs market and is expected to continue the trend during the forecast period in North America. In addition, emerging economies of the countries like the U.S, Mexico, and Canada in North America and continually increasing demand for OTC drugs due to the large customer base are anticipated to provide lucrative opportunities for the market players in the region.

Stringent regulations and procedures to release novel and innovative drugs into the market are the significant factors limiting the growth of North America over the counter drugs market. In addition, the illegal usage of drugs is another major factor restricting the development of the North American OTC drug market. 

This research report on the North American OTC Drugs Market has been segmented and sub-segmented into the following categories:

By Product Type: 

  • Analgesics
  • Cough, Cold, and Flu Products
  • Vitamins and Minerals
  • Dermatological Products
  • Gastrointestinal Products
  • Ophthalmic Products
  • Sleep Aid Products
  • Weight Loss/Diet Products
  • Others

By Formulation Type:

  • Tablets
  • Liquids
  • Ointments
  • Spray                             

By Distribution Channels: 

  • Pharmacies
  • Supermarkets/Hypermarkets
  • Convenience store
  • Others (online drug stores)                             

By Country: 

  • The United States
  • Canada
  • Rest of North America

The United States is the biggest market for OTC drugs in the North American region.

The U.S. accounts for more than 80% of the market in this region. Although the market share is high in the North American area, it is forecasted to witness market saturation due to the domination of generic medicine prescriptions. The North American OTC drugs market is predicted to hold a significant global market share during the forecast period. The main factors driving the market growth are people's worsening food and health habits that weaken people's immune systems and become susceptible to infections like the flu. Also, the shifting focus of pharmaceutical companies from prescription drugs to OTC drugs and the increased research and development activities in recent years. Moreover, favorable government policies for the approval of drugs and increasing healthcare spending are further fuelling market growth. 

The U.S. over-the-counter drugs market is expected to retain most of the market share in the North American market during the forecast period. However, the country's increased research and development activities are expected to grow at a moderate pace in the coming years. Also, the increasing problem of obesity and the weakened immune system is a potential reasons for the market growth.

On the other hand, The Canadian over-the-counter drugs market is also expected to record an exponential growth rate during the forecast period. The market growth is fuelled by the shifting focus of pharmaceutical companies from prescription drugs to OTC drugs, and research and development activities are the reason for the increase. In addition, if the challenge of the illegal use of drugs is tackled, the market will grow at a higher rate in the coming years.


GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson and Johnson, Novartis, Bayer, Pfizer, Sanofi, and Takeda, and companies that play a dominant role in the North American Over Counter Drugs Market. GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson and Johnson, Novartis, and Sanofi possess the maximum market share.

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