Executive Summary

Oct 2019
Consumer health continues to grow despite declining self-medication levels

The consumer health market continued to grow in France in current value terms in 2019, with growth at a very similar level to the previous two years. However, many players were concerned by two main negative factors.

Reverse switches and trend towards more natural products

Consumer health is continuing to see a decline in self-medication. There has been a slight slowdown in the local economy, with disruption caused by the ongoing “yellow vest” protests and the impact of reverse switches and negative articles about certain medication.

Sanofi continues to lead

In what is a fragmented market, there were a number of local players among the leading companies in France, including Sanofi, Laboratoires Pierre Fabre and Laboratoires URGO. They were joined by international companies like Merck Médication Familiale, Johnson & Johnson Santé Beauté France, Bayer Sante Familiale and GSK Consumer Healthcare.

Chemists/pharmacies continues to dominate distribution

Chemists/pharmacies remains a competitive and efficient distribution channel that is proven throughout Europe. Many consumers place strong trust in the advice offered in pharmacies.

Continued current value growth expected over the forecast period

Current value sales in consumer health are expected to continue growing over the forecast period, although performances from category to category will vary. There are likely to be certain areas of uncertainty over the forecast period, for example new regulations on drugs, including delisting, may be seen.

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Consumer Health in France

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Consumer health continues to grow despite declining self-medication levels
Reverse switches and trend towards more natural products
Sanofi continues to lead
Chemists/pharmacies continues to dominate distribution
Continued current value growth expected over the forecast period

MARKET INDICATORS

Table 1 Consumer Expenditure on Health Goods and Medical Services: Value 2014-2019
Table 2 Life Expectancy at Birth 2014-2019

MARKET DATA

Table 3 Sales of Consumer Health by Category: Value 2014-2019
Table 4 Sales of Consumer Health by Category: % Value Growth 2014-2019
Table 5 NBO Company Shares of Consumer Health: % Value 2015-2019
Table 6 LBN Brand Shares of Consumer Health: % Value 2016-2019
Table 7 Penetration of Private Label in Consumer Health by Category: % Value 2014-2019
Table 8 Distribution of Consumer Health by Format: % Value 2014-2019
Table 9 Distribution of Consumer Health by Format and Category: % Value 2019
Table 10 Forecast Sales of Consumer Health by Category: Value 2019-2024
Table 11 Forecast Sales of Consumer Health by Category: % Value Growth 2019-2024

APPENDIX

OTC registration and classification
Vitamins and dietary supplements registration and classification
Self-medication/self-care and preventive medicine
Switches
Summary 1 OTC: Switches 2018-2019

DEFINITIONS

SOURCES

Summary 2 Research Sources

Analgesics in France

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Analgesics suffers from a weak flu season, the codeine-based combination products ban and ibuprofen’s struggles
Bad press means ibuprofen sales continue to decline
Acetaminophen most dynamic as it benefits from the woes of the other analgesic types

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Doliprane helps Sanofi to continue gaining share
Laboratoires UPSA’s share slips as it gets a new owner in Taisho Pharmaceutical Holdings
Uncertain times for topical analgesics/anaesthetic

CATEGORY DATA

Table 12 Sales of Analgesics by Category: Value 2014-2019
Table 13 Sales of Analgesics by Category: % Value Growth 2014-2019
Table 14 NBO Company Shares of Analgesics: % Value 2015-2019
Table 15 LBN Brand Shares of Analgesics: % Value 2016-2019
Table 16 Forecast Sales of Analgesics by Category: Value 2019-2024
Table 17 Forecast Sales of Analgesics by Category: % Value Growth 2019-2024

Cough, Cold and Allergy (Hay Fever) Remedies in France

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Performance improves but sales still declining in cough, cold and allergy (hay fever) remedies
After pharyngeal preparations and codeine-based products, now it is nasal sprays in the line of fire
Antihistamines/allergy remedies (systemic) enjoys another year of dynamic growth

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Leader Solinest continues to grow through its Ricola brand
GSK’s Cetirizin Sandoz records strong growth in 2019
Flurbiprofen switched to prescription status

CATEGORY DATA

Table 18 Sales of Cough, Cold and Allergy (Hay Fever) Remedies by Category: Value 2014-2019
Table 19 Sales of Cough, Cold and Allergy (Hay Fever) Remedies by Category: % Value Growth 2014-2019
Table 20 NBO Company Shares of Cough, Cold and Allergy (Hay Fever) Remedies: % Value 2015-2019
Table 21 LBN Brand Shares of Cough, Cold and Allergy (Hay Fever) Remedies: % Value 2016-2019
Table 22 Forecast Sales of Cough, Cold and Allergy (Hay Fever) Remedies by Category: Value 2019-2024
Table 23 Forecast Sales of Cough, Cold and Allergy (Hay Fever) Remedies by Category: % Value Growth 2019-2024

Dermatologicals in France

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

OTC dermatologicals still growing despite competition from Rx and dermocosmetic products
Increasing popularity of natural products
Haemorrhoid treatments and antipruritics the most dynamic product areas

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Johnson & Johnson extends its lead over Laboratoires Pierre Fabre in 2019
Strong competition in antiparasitics/lice (head and body) treatments
Cicatryl benefits from advertising support in topical germicidals/antiseptics

CATEGORY DATA

Table 24 Sales of Dermatologicals by Category: Value 2014-2019
Table 25 Sales of Dermatologicals by Category: % Value Growth 2014-2019
Table 26 NBO Company Shares of Dermatologicals: % Value 2015-2019
Table 27 LBN Brand Shares of Dermatologicals: % Value 2016-2019
Table 28 LBN Brand Shares of Hair Loss Treatments: % Value 2016-2019
Table 29 Forecast Sales of Dermatologicals by Category: Value 2019-2024
Table 30 Forecast Sales of Dermatologicals by Category: % Value Growth 2019-2024

Dietary Supplements in France

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Dietary supplements enjoy a positive image among French consumers
While consumers believe in them, some scientific bodies doubt the efficacy of dietary supplements
Consumers increasingly taking dietary supplements for sleeping, stress, digestion and vitality

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Ponroy Santé Group acquires Ersa and Densmore
Chemists/Pharmacies still the most important distribution channel for dietary supplements
Cuure looking to simplify taking dietary supplements for consumers

CATEGORY DATA

Table 31 Sales of Dietary Supplements by Category: Value 2014-2019
Table 32 Sales of Dietary Supplements by Category: % Value Growth 2014-2019
Table 33 Sales of Dietary Supplements by Positioning: % Value 2014-2019
Table 34 NBO Company Shares of Dietary Supplements: % Value 2015-2019
Table 35 LBN Brand Shares of Dietary Supplements: % Value 2016-2019
Table 36 Forecast Sales of Dietary Supplements by Category: Value 2019-2024
Table 37 Forecast Sales of Dietary Supplements by Category: % Value Growth 2019-2024

Digestive Remedies in France

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Diarrhoeal remedies driving sales of digestive remedies
Concerns about proton pump inhibitors and laxatives
Motion sickness remedies growth supported by increasing levels of travel

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Imodium and Gaviscon among the strong performers in 2019
Macrogol-based products performing strongly in laxatives
H2 blockers no longer available in OTC consumer health

CATEGORY DATA

Table 38 Sales of Digestive Remedies by Category: Value 2014-2019
Table 39 Sales of Digestive Remedies by Category: % Value Growth 2014-2019
Table 40 NBO Company Shares of Digestive Remedies: % Value 2015-2019
Table 41 LBN Brand Shares of Digestive Remedies: % Value 2016-2019
Table 42 Forecast Sales of Digestive Remedies by Category: Value 2019-2024
Table 43 Forecast Sales of Digestive Remedies by Category: % Value Growth 2019-2024

Eye Care in France

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Medical devices for dry eye a dynamic area in standard eye care
Antiseptic standard care performing well in 2019, but could do better
Half of the local population could have allergies in the next 20 years

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Laboratoires Chauvin’s Aqualarm brand benefits from two new products
Reckitt Benckiser’s advertising spend on its Optone brand boosts this line’s performance in 2019
Companies innovate to gain share while generics suffer

CATEGORY DATA

Table 44 Sales of Eye Care by Category: Value 2014-2019
Table 45 Sales of Eye Care by Category: % Value Growth 2014-2019
Table 46 NBO Company Shares of Eye Care: % Value 2015-2019
Table 47 LBN Brand Shares of Eye Care: % Value 2016-2019
Table 48 Forecast Sales of Eye Care by Category: Value 2019-2024
Table 49 Forecast Sales of Eye Care by Category: % Value Growth 2019-2024

Herbal/Traditional Products in France

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Herbal/traditional products seeing stronger growth than standard products
Virtuous cycle of energy and calming products is boosting herbal sleep aids
No tough new regulations expected on herbal products

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Fragmented category led by Arkopharma
Medicated confectionery line Ricola the leading brand
Discounts, promotions and incentives both a blessing and a curse

CATEGORY DATA

Table 50 Sales of Herbal/Traditional Products by Category: Value 2014-2019
Table 51 Sales of Herbal/Traditional Products by Category: % Value Growth 2014-2019
Table 52 NBO Company Shares of Herbal/Traditional Products: % Value 2015-2019
Table 53 LBN Brand Shares of Herbal/Traditional Products: % Value 2016-2019
Table 54 Forecast Sales of Herbal/Traditional Products by Category: Value 2019-2024
Table 55 Forecast Sales of Herbal/Traditional Products by Category: % Value Growth 2019-2024

NRT Smoking Cessation Aids in France

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Changing reimbursement regulations provide a boost to NRT smoking cessation aids
Rising tax levels and ban on menthol cigarettes could provide further impetus to NRT smoking cessation aids sales
Competition from e-vapour products

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Laboratoires Pierre Fabre and Johnson & Johnson are the clear leaders
NiQüitin and Nicotinell are struggling
Competition with other treatments

CATEGORY DATA

Table 56 Sales of NRT Smoking Cessation Aids by Category: Value 2014-2019
Table 57 Sales of NRT Smoking Cessation Aids by Category: % Value Growth 2014-2019
Table 58 NBO Company Shares of NRT Smoking Cessation Aids: % Value 2015-2019
Table 59 LBN Brand Shares of NRT Smoking Cessation Aids: % Value 2016-2019
Table 60 Forecast Sales of NRT Smoking Cessation Aids by Category: Value 2019-2024
Table 61 Forecast Sales of NRT Smoking Cessation Aids by Category: % Value Growth 2019-2024

Paediatric Consumer Health in France

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Falling birth rate and concerns about product safety could hit sales
Warmer/shorter winters and fewer coughs and colds will always negatively affect sales
The trend towards natural products is even more evident in paediatric consumer health

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Sanofi leads but is losing share due to Mitosyl’s falling sales
Merck and Arkopharma lead paediatric vitamins and dietary supplements
Innovation relatively limited, although Pediakid has been launching new gum formats

CATEGORY DATA

Table 62 Sales of Paediatric Consumer Health by Category: Value 2014-2019
Table 63 Sales of Paediatric Consumer Health by Category: % Value Growth 2014-2019
Table 64 Sales of Paediatric Vitamins and Dietary Supplements by Type: % Value 2016-2019
Table 65 NBO Company Shares of Paediatric Consumer Health: % Value 2015-2019
Table 66 LBN Brand Shares of Paediatric Consumer Health: % Value 2016-2019
Table 67 Forecast Sales of Paediatric Consumer Health by Category: Value 2019-2024
Table 68 Forecast Sales of Paediatric Consumer Health by Category: % Value Growth 2019-2024

Sleep Aids in France

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Modern problem of sleep disorders makes sleep aids a dynamic category
Discounts and offers key in sleep aids
Melatonin is becoming increasingly controversial

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

All the main players in sleep aids record strong sales growth in 2019
Popularity of herbal ingredients among consumers
Magnesium and vitamin B also being used in products like Magnevie

CATEGORY DATA

Table 69 Sales of Sleep Aids: Value 2014-2019
Table 70 Sales of Sleep Aids: % Value Growth 2014-2019
Table 71 NBO Company Shares of Sleep Aids: % Value 2015-2019
Table 72 LBN Brand Shares of Sleep Aids: % Value 2016-2019
Table 73 Forecast Sales of Sleep Aids: Value 2019-2024
Table 74 Forecast Sales of Sleep Aids: % Value Growth 2019-2024

Sports Nutrition in France

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Sports nutrition thriving due to growing consumer base and wider distribution
Despite widening distribution, gyms still an important channel for sports nutrition
Many innovations in sports nutrition

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Myprotein the leading brand in what is a highly competitive category
Private label and internet retailing both have a role to play in sports nutrition
Omnichannel sales being used to widen distribution and increase sales

CATEGORY DATA

Table 75 Sales of Sports Nutrition by Category: Value 2014-2019
Table 76 Sales of Sports Nutrition by Category: % Value Growth 2014-2019
Table 77 NBO Company Shares of Sports Nutrition: % Value 2015-2019
Table 78 LBN Brand Shares of Sports Nutrition: % Value 2016-2019
Table 79 Forecast Sales of Sports Nutrition by Category: Value 2019-2024
Table 80 Forecast Sales of Sports Nutrition by Category: % Value Growth 2019-2024

Vitamins in France

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Vitamins continues to grow as the products fill any nutritional gaps in people’s diets
Vitamins for children is showing a positive development
Multivitamins will continue outperforming single vitamins in the forecast period

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Laboratories Juvat adds “superfood” products to its already extensive range
Les Bio Frères offering vegan/vegetarian vitamins
Bayer Sante Familiale a strong leader in multivitamins

CATEGORY DATA

Table 81 Sales of Vitamins by Category: Value 2014-2019
Table 82 Sales of Vitamins by Category: % Value Growth 2014-2019
Table 83 Sales of Multivitamins by Positioning: % Value 2014-2019
Table 84 NBO Company Shares of Vitamins: % Value 2015-2019
Table 85 LBN Brand Shares of Vitamins: % Value 2016-2019
Table 86 Forecast Sales of Vitamins by Category: Value 2019-2024
Table 87 Forecast Sales of Vitamins by Category: % Value Growth 2019-2024

Weight Management and Wellbeing in France

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Meal replacement and weight loss supplements have fallen out of favour
Slimming teas continues to record positive growth
Weight loss vitamins and dietary supplements also suffering

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Nutrition & Santé maintains its clear lead in weight management and wellbeing
Nutravalia’s Anaca 3 range continues to gain significant share in 2019
Groupe Léa Nature targets development in specialised channels with the Biopur brand

CATEGORY DATA

Table 88 Sales of Weight Management and Wellbeing by Category: Value 2014-2019
Table 89 Sales of Weight Management and Wellbeing by Category: % Value Growth 2014-2019
Table 90 NBO Company Shares of Weight Management and Wellbeing: % Value 2015-2019
Table 91 LBN Brand Shares of Weight Management and Wellbeing: % Value 2016-2019
Table 92 Forecast Sales of Weight Management and Wellbeing by Category: Value 2019-2024
Table 93 Forecast Sales of Weight Management and Wellbeing by Category: % Value Growth 2019-2024

Wound Care in France

HEADLINES

PROSPECTS

Modest growth in a mature wound care category
Innovation key to keeping mature wound care category moving
Demographic trends will work for and against wound care

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Number one player Laboratoires URGO continues growing in 2019 thanks to innovations like Urgostart Plus
Players continue to innovate in a mature category
Wound care is one of private label’s biggest categories in consumer health

CATEGORY DATA

Table 94 Sales of Wound Care by Category: Value 2014-2019
Table 95 Sales of Wound Care by Category: % Value Growth 2014-2019
Table 96 NBO Company Shares of Wound Care: % Value 2015-2019
Table 97 LBN Brand Shares of Wound Care: % Value 2016-2019
Table 98 Forecast Sales of Wound Care by Category: Value 2019-2024
Table 99 Forecast Sales of Wound Care by Category: % Value Growth 2019-2024