The size of the North American Over Counter drugs market was estimated at USD 60.00 billion in 2022. It is further 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 the people to opt for 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 introduce 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 response 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 projection period.
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, illegal usage of drugs is another major factor restricting the development of the North American OTC drug market.
This research report on the North America OTC Drugs Market has been segmented and sub-segmented into the following categories:
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Regionally, the United States is the biggest market for OTC drugs in the North American region. It 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 a market saturation due to the domination of generic medicine prescription.
The North American OTC drugs market is predicted to hold a significant share in the global market during the forecast period. The main factors driving the market growth are people's worsening food and health habits that make people's immune systems weaker and 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 approval of drugs and increasing healthcare spending are further fuelling the 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, it is expected to grow at a moderate pace in the coming years due to the country's increased research and development activities. Also, the increasing problem of obesity and the weakened immune system is a potential reason 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 developments activities are the reason for the increase. In addition, if the challenge of illegal use of drugs is tackled, the market will grow at a higher rate in the coming years.
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Companies playing a dominant role in North America Over Counter Drugs Market profiled in this report are GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson and Johnson, Novartis, Bayer, Pfizer, Sanofi, and Takeda. The maximum market share is possessed by GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson and Johnson, Novartis, and Sanofi.
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