The eCommerce OTC Pharmaceuticals market refers to the online sales of over-the-counter (OTC) pharmaceutical products, which are medications that can be purchased without a prescription. These products include pain relievers, cold and flu medications, allergy medications, digestive aids, and more. The market encompasses the digital platforms and websites where consumers can purchase these products directly from the manufacturers, distributors, or retailers, without the need for a doctor's prescription.
The market consists out of several parts, namely: Analgesics, Cold & Cough Remedies, Digestives & Intestinal Remedies, Hand Sanitizer, Incontinence, Skin Treatment, Vitamins & Minerals. For more information on the definitions, please visit the respective market page.
eCommerce OTC Pharmaceuticals comprises revenues, users, average revenue per user, and penetration rates. Revenues are derived from annual filings, national statistical offices, Google- and Alibaba-Trends and industry knowledge. Sales Channels show online and offline revenue shares, as well as, desktop and mobile sales distribution. Revenues are including VAT. The market only displays B2C revenues and users for the above-mentioned markets, hence C2C, B2B and reCommerce is not included. Additional definitions can be found on each respective market page.
Key players in the market are companies, such as Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, and Pfizer.
Market numbers for the total market sizes (online + offline) can also be found on the respective pages of the Consumer Market Insights.
Natural and synthetic agents
Analgesics (e.g. Asprin, Paracetamol)
Cough & Cold remedies (e.g. Vicks VapoRub)
Vitamins and Minerals
Skin treatment products
Offline revenues, such as sales in traditional brick-and-mortar pharmacies
Data refers to B2C enterprises. Figures are based on the sale of physical goods via a digital channel to a private end consumer. This definition encompasses purchases via desktop computers (including notebooks and laptops) as well as purchases via mobile devices (e.g., smartphones and tablets). The following are not included in the eCommerce market: digitally distributed services (see instead: eServices), digital media downloads or streams, digitally distributed goods in B2B markets, and the digital purchase or resale of used, defective, or repaired goods (reCommerce and C2C). All monetary figures refer to the annual gross revenue and do not factor in shipping costs.
Modeling approach / Market size:
Market sizes are determined by a combined top-down and bottom-up approach, based on a specific rationale for each market segment. As a basis for evaluating markets, we use annual financial reports of the market-leading companies and industry associations, third-party studies and reports, survey results from our primary research (e.g., Statista Global Consumer Survey), data on shopping behavior (e.g., Google Trends, Alibaba Trends), and performance factors (e.g., user penetration, price/product). Furthermore, we use relevant key market indicators and data from country-specific associations such as GDP, consumer spending, internet penetration, and population. This data helps us estimate the market size for each country individually.
In our forecasts, we apply diverse forecasting techniques. The selection of forecasting techniques is based on the behavior of the particular market. For example, the S-curve function and exponential trend smoothing are well suited for forecasting digital products and services due to the non-linear growth of technology adoption. The main drivers are GDP per capita, consumer spending per capita, internet penetration, and population.
The market is updated twice per year in case market dynamics change. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is considered at a country-specific level. The impact of the Russia/Ukraine war is considered at a country-specific level.