Analgesics in France - New Market Report

From: Fast Market Research, Inc.
Published: Tue Jan 05 2016

In 2015, analgesics recorded current value growth that was similar to the average for the review period. The category continued to face competition from prescription drugs. A large number of consumers continued to prefer to see a doctor in order to obtain a prescription and to purchase reimbursable analgesics. Despite efforts by the government to delist several types of analgesics over the review period, self-medication developed slowly due to high reimbursement rates. In addition, delays faced by manufacturers in obtaining authorisation for launching new products did not favour the category. Manufacturers preferred to invest in other categories that offered better margins, as the prices of traditional analgesics, such as aspirin and acetaminophen, are relatively low.

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Competitive Landscape

Analgesics is a concentrated category with the two leading players accounting for a combined value share of 52% in 2015. Sanofi led with a 30% value share, and the player continued to lead acetaminophen in 2015, which was thanks to the performance of Doliprane. This brand enjoys strong recognition and it is often asked for by consumers wishing to self-medicate, which supported a strong performance by Sanofi in 2015. Laboratoires UPSA followed with a 22% value share, which was mainly thanks to the performances of Dafalgan and Efferalgan. Both are alternative acetaminophen brands to Doliprane, and are offered in adults and children variants.

Industry Prospects

Strong lobbying has come from some grocery retailers, such as E Leclerc, for selling analgesics. Part of the industry had consequently been expecting the withdrawal of reimbursement for some medicines, notably acetaminophen; however, in 2015, the Minister of Health announced that health should continue to be primarily a responsibility of the state. This speech demonstrated that no drastic developments could be expected within analgesics in the short and medium term. Chemists/pharmacies are likely to maintain their monopoly in terms of sales of analgesics, and the level of reimbursement is unlikely to change.

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