OECD (2011), Pharmaceutical Consumption, in Health at a Glance 2011: OECD Indicators, OECD Publishing
(2011; 4 pages)


Chapter 4.11, Pharmaceutical consumption.

The consumption of pharmaceuticals is increasing across OECD countries, not only in terms of expenditure (see Indicator 7.4 "Pharmaceutical expenditure"), but also the volume or quantity of drugs consumed. One of the factors contributing to this rise is a growing demand for drugs to treat ageing-related diseases. However, the rise in pharmaceutical consumption is also observed in countries with younger populations, indicating that other factors, such as physicians’ prescription habits, also play a role.

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