Pharmacies & Drug Stores in Canada: Market Research Report

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Pharmacies & Drug Stores in Canada Market Research Report | NAICS 44611CA | Nov 2015

Healthy growth: Revenue is expected to grow as pharmaceutical demand increases

IBISWorld’s Pharmacies & Drug Stores market research report can be used to help you: understand market size and growth potential; major companies; draft business plans and pitch books; and conduct benchmarking and SWOT analysis. Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends in the overall sector and micro trends faced by companies that do business in the industry. The industry report also provides key industry statistics and 5-year forecasts to anticipate future industry prospects so you can decide with confidence.

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Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 10-15
Annual Growth 15-20
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Sustained increases in health expenditure, rising disposable income and an aging population have underpinned growth over the past five years. Revenue is projected expand during the next five years, with health expenditure and per capita disposable income continuing to rise. As a result, a greater number of companies are likely to enter the industry. However, competition from alternative retailers will remain a threat, despite this expansion... purchase to read more

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Pharmacies and drug stores have benefited from pharmaceuticals being one of the fastest growing components of healthcare spending in Canada, with pharmaceutical expenditures accounting for a slightly lower share of total healthcare spending, compared with hospital expenditures.

Branded prescription drugs

In 2015, branded prescription drugs are expected to account for the largest share of industry revenue, with an estimated 44.3% of industry revenue. According to IMS Health, the average cost of a brand-name prescription is $76.05, which has steadily increased at an annualized rate of 37.0% over the past ten years. As the Canadian population aged, more consumers demanded brand-name, cholesterol-lowering drugs... purchase to read more


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What is the Pharmacies & Drug Stores Industry?

This industry retails a range of prescription and over-the-counter medications, health and beauty items, toiletries and consumable goods directly to consumers on a walk-in basis. Industry companies may also provide basic health and photo-processing services. The industry includes retail stores with a pharmacy, but excludes mail-order and online retailers, hospitals and clinics.

Industry Products
Branded prescription drugs Generic prescription drugsOver-the-counter drugsVitamins, minerals and other dietary supplements Personal hygiene suppliesGroceries and food itemsOther merchandise
Industry Activities
Preparing and selling prescription and nonprescription drugs and medicinesRetailing basic consumable goodsSelling other miscellaneous items, such as candy, cosmetics, magazines and light refreshmentsAdvising customers on the use of both prescription and over-the-counter drugs

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