An increasing number of non-prescription drugs are being sold in grocery stores

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Grocery stores account for an increasing share of sales of the most commonly used non-prescription drugs that are also sold in pharmacies, according to the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

Figures from the Institute of Public Health show that 57 per cent of the most popular non-prescription drugs were sold in grocery stores last year.

“The most commonly purchased non-prescription drugs in the grocery stores are painkillers, nasal spray for a blocked nose and nicotine for those who want to quit smoking. In addition, prescription-free allergy medicine is sold,” says senior adviser Kristine Olsen at the Institute of Public Health.

From 2018 to 2019, total sales of the best-selling non-prescription drugs increased by 5 per cent. Allergy medicine had the largest percentage increase last year with 11 per cent.

“The increase in allergy medicine is probably related to the early and severe pollen season last year,” says Olsen.

Sales of nicotine-containing smoking cessation drugs increased by 3.6 per cent last year. Half of these products were sold in grocery stores. Nicotine chewing gum was the most popular product in this category.

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