Norwegians are spending more money on medicines, new figures show

PharmacyPhoto: Gorm Kallestad / NTB

Last year, Norwegians bought medicines for an average of NOK 5,690. The population over the age of 70 use the most drugs.

The expenditure on medicines increased by 5% from 2019. Consumers paid NOK 1,300 for the medicines they received.

Five out of ten Norwegians most commonly used medicines to prevent or treat cardiovascular diseases.

On average, Norwegians over the age of 70 used 4.3 medicine doses daily. Among those aged 50 to 69 years, 2.2 doses were used daily. 

According to figures from the Pharmacy Association, medicine use has increased by more than 20% in the last ten years.

“With more medicines per patient, it becomes extra important that patients receive the guidance they need to get the maximum effect from the medicines they use,” Pharmacy Association director Hanne Andresen noted.

There are a total of 988 pharmacies in Norway.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayFinance

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