Higher sales after end of monopoly
Swedish Radio News reports that sales of over-the-counter painkillers increased in Sweden after the end of the pharmacy monopoly.
Until a few years ago, aspirin and similar drugs could only be purchased at the 900 official pharmacies, around one store for every 10,000 inhabitants of the country. After the reform, they are available from ordinary grocery stores and gas stations. According to a survey from Swedish Radio News that has a led to a 20 percent increase in sales over the past five years.
The report also seems to indicate that the biggest sales have come for the medicines that are the most advertised. But media stories about side effects of paracetamol and aspirin may have negatively impacted on their sales.