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The US Market for Rx to OTC Switches, 7th Edition

  • February 2015
  • 200 pages
  • Kalorama Information
Report ID: 2736756

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Over the past 38 years the U.S. Rx-to-OTC market has grown into a $7.8 billion market. This has mainly been due to factors such as patent expirations, increasing competitiveness with the pharmaceutical environment, brand re-invention, consumer demand, and cost containment strategies. The U.S. market for Rx-to-OTC Switches encompasses a wide variety of products that have been determined safe and effective as over-the-counter products, once only available by prescription.

The current climate of patient-consumer awareness of health issues is continuing to influence the Rx-to-OTC market. Consumers are more prepared to take responsibility for their own health and are willing to purchase medicines over the counter. An increased focus on cost-savings, coupled with the effects of advertising and promotion, result a higher rate of OTC purchases. Aging baby boomers, many of which are taking greater interest in their health, have created a growing Rx-to-OTC industry in America. It is anticipated that Rx-to-OTC switch products will continue to grow as interest from both consumers and developers continue to expand.

The U.S. Market for Rx-to-OTC Switches focuses on several treatment segments in which Rx-to-OTC switches are available. These include:
Allergy, Cough, Cold, and Sinus Products
Analgesics, NSAIDs, and Pain Treatments
Anti-Infectives
Gastrointestinal Drugs
Hair Loss Products
Hormones
Oral Care
Overactive Bladder
Rectal Ointments
Sleep-aids
Smoking Cessation
Weight Loss

In addition to the areas with switches in place, Kalorama Information has identified other areas which may be open to Rx-to-OTC switches in the future. These include:
Blood Products
BPH Treatments
Cholesterol-reducing Drugs
Hormone Replacement Therapies
Migraine Treatments
Opioid Overdose Treatment
Osteoporosis Treatments
Sexual Dysfunction/ Erectile Dysfunction

The report covers OTC drugs that were once only available by prescription due to either the active ingredient or dosage of the drug. Current and historical revenues for product segments include both the switched brands and OTC drugs containing switched ingredients. Forecasted data includes current products and forecasted switches which are outlined in the report.

The report includes statistical information for conditions and diseases affecting the U.S. population, including detail discussions, tables and figures. Each segment provides an overview, descriptions of products on the market, market estimates and forecasts, and competitive analysis of leading providers. In addition to above-mentioned information, the report includes current issues and trends affecting the industry and identifies trends that may arise in the future.

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