• OTC Sales in Volume

    Category 2015
    (in millions)
    2016
    (in millions)
    2017
    (in millions)
    2018
    (in millions)
    Acne 29 28 31 30
    Analgesics, External 110 116 120 124
    Analgesics, Internal (includes other pain products) 801 798 788 778
    Antidiarrheals 37 37 37 41
    Antiperspirants 742 748 742 742
    Anti-Smoking Products 36 39 39 37
    Ear Drop 5 6 6 6
    Eczema & Psoriasis 19 22 22 24
    Enema 13 13 13 13
    Eye Care 132 135 138 141
    Female Contraceptive 7 8 8 9
    Feminine Itch & Yeast Treatment 28 27 27 27
    Feminine Hygiene Douches 22 20 19 17
    First Aid 327 332 336 337
    Foot Care 45 43 42 42
    Gas Relief 30 31 30 30
    Hair Growth Product 4 4 4 4
    Heartburn 512 512 509 510
    Hemorrhoid Treatment 32 32 31 31
    Jock Itch 7 7 7 7
    Laxatives 206 203 198 197
    Lice Treatment 11 11 11 10
    Lip/Oral Treatment 363 361 355 357
    Motion Sickness 17 18 19 20
    Multi-Sympton GI 55 56 56 57
    Oral Antiseptics and Rinses 332 332 323 324
    Petroleum Jelly 35 37 38 39
    Sleeping Aid 63 62 60 59
    Suncare 140 145 143 145
    Toothpaste 827 818 799 790
    Upper Respiratory Medicine 1,185 1,177 1,211 1,185
    TOTAL 6,172 6,178 6,162 6,133

     
    Source: The Nielsen Company - total U.S. all outlets (food, drug, mass, select club and dollar store retailers, convenience, and military stores).

    Volume is in millions of U.S. units. A few categories include a combination of OTC medicines as well as health-related products which are not classified as medicines by the Food and Drug Administration.