Analgesics in Ireland - New Market Study Published

From: Fast Market Research, Inc.
Published: Sun Dec 06 2015

Branded products continue to dominate analgesics in Ireland in 2015. As is the case with other categories within consumer health, brand loyalty remains significant, with a continuing perception of branded products offering higher overall quality and pain relief than many generic offerings. It is noteworthy, however, that in June 2013 the Health Service Executive (HSE) introduced reference pricing in an attempt to drive down the cost of Irish medicines, which are considered to be some of the most expensive within the EU. Lists of generic products are kept by pharmacists in order to offer their customers cheaper alternatives to branded products. This was done chiefly to alleviate the cost to the state of medical card prescriptions but it obviously affects the OTC category similarly. Its influence has been minimal however, with limited OTC penetration, and Ireland remains one of the most expensive EU countries in which to purchase generic medicines, as well as branded ones.

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Competitive Landscape

Reckitt Benckiser Ireland remains the country’s leading player in analgesics in 2015, chiefly owing to the popularity of its Nurofen brand. With increasing apprehension among consumers as to the side effects of products containing acetaminophen and codeine, consumer preference for ibuprofen products such as Nurofen remains strong.

Industry Prospects

Analgesics in Ireland is expected to increase at a constant 2015 value CAGR of 1% over the forecast period. Key brands will very likely remain prominent and well represented. Private label and generic products should continue to make small inroads into the category over the same period but may continue to find growth constrained by strong brand loyalty towards more trusted mainstream products. Competition among branded analgesics products should help maintain relatively stable unit prices, which in turn should further temper the likelihood of any significant impact from generic products. An important factor limiting growth within the category remains the growing awareness amongst the public of the potential health considerations of analgesics, a perception that was reinforced by the change in status in 2013 of products containing codeine.

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