As during the previous year, sales in the German pharmacy market increased slightly in 2008. After deduction of legally mandated discounts, net sales were EUR 22.5 billion, i.e. 4.4Sales in the German pharmacy market increased slightly in 2009, as they did in the previous year. After deducting legally mandated discounts and individual contractual rebates, net sales reached EUR 24.7 billion, 3.7 percent more than in the previous year. However, net sales were actually much lower
due to these discounts. The exact amount of these discounts is currently unknown but is estimated at up to EUR 2 billion. The number of packages sold reached a volume of 1.6 billion in 2009, a decrease of 0.5 percent compared with the previous year. Sales of prescription-only drugs increased slightly
(+0.2 percent), while total sales of pharmacy-only and unrestricted over-the-counter drugs from pharmacies declined (–1.1 percent).percent more than the year before. However, actual net sales were even lower due to the discount agreements concluded between the health insurance funds and manufacturers. The companies’ mandatory discounts for the benefit of statutory health insurance funds were about EUR 1.25 billion. The amount of the individual, contractually agreed discounts is unknown. In 2008, the number of packages sold reached a volume of 1.61 billion, which represents a 1.5 percent increase over the previous year. This increase occurred primarily in prescription drugs, whose share grew from 44 to 46 percent. In contrast, sales of over-the-counter drugs from pharmacies decreased.