Turnover of general and hospital pharmacies

DEFINITIONS

Category of a pharmacy – there are three different categories of pharmacies in Estonia: general pharmacy, hospital pharmacy and veterinary pharmacy (see Classifications).

County – location of pharmacy. Since 2015, the data of main and branch pharmacies is presented according to the location of each main and branch pharmacy. 2006–2014, the main pharmacy data included it's branch pharmacies data and was presented according to main pharmacy location county or city. County is classified according to the Classification of Administrative and Settlement Units of Estonia (EHAK) (see Classifications).

Medicinal product – any substance or combination of substances intended for the prevention, diagnoses or treatment of a disease or disease symptom, for the relief of a disease condition in a human or animal, or for the restoration or alteration of vital functions in a human or animal through pharmacological, immunological or metabolic effect.

Medicinal products prepared as magistral formulae – medicinal products prepared in a pharmacy in accordance with a medical prescription or order form.

Medicinal products subject to medical prescription – shall be dispensed by general pharmacies and veterinary pharmacies to consumers only on the basis of a conforming medical or veterinary prescription.

OTC (Over the counter) medicines – may be dispensed by pharmacies without a medical prescription.

Pharmacy services – the retail sale or other dispensing of medicinal products together with provision of related consultations for the appropriate and effective use of medicinal products, and provision of information to the user on the correct and safe use and preservation of medicinal products, and the preparation of medicinal products as magistral formulae and officinal formulae and dividing-up into packages of medicinal products. Pharmacy services shall be provided only by pharmacies holding a corresponding activity license and structural units thereof.

Prescription – an order, issued by a doctor or dentist or midwife, for a pharmacy to supply a medicinal product to a patient.

Proprietary medicinal products – medicinal products with a trade name packaged for placing on the market.

Total turnover of pharmacies – the total turnover of medicinal and non-medicinal products sold from pharmacies. Turnover includes VAT (value added tax) for general pharmacies only.

Turnover of EL prescriptions – the turnover of prescription medicines that are dispensed by pharmacies on the basis of a confirming prescription issued in a Member State of the European Union (excluding Estonia), a Member State of the European Economic Area or Switzerland (hereinafter EU prescription).

Turnover of medicinal products – the turnover of products which are classified as medicinal products (including OTC medicines, prescription medicines and veterinary medicines dispensed from general pharmacies). Turnover includes VAT (value added tax) for general pharmacies only.

Turnover of non-medicinal products – covers other pharmacy goods e.g. food supplements, medical devices, natural and hygiene products etc. Turnover includes VAT (value added tax) for general pharmacies only.

Turnover of OTC medicines – the turnover of medicinal products that are dispensed by pharmacies without a medical prescription.

Turnover of prescription medicines – the turnover of medicinal products that are dispensed by pharmacies only on the basis of a confirming prescription.

Turnover of veterinary medicines – the turnover of human or veterinary medicinal products (including OTC products and products subject to a medical prescription) dispensed by general pharmacies for only veterinary use.

METHODOLOGY

The main purpose of data collection is to obtain the overview of the medicinal products market, distribution of medicinal products sales, sold and consumed medicines and activity of pharmacies.

The Bureau of Statistics of the Estonian State Agency of Medicines has the responsibility to collect data from general pharmacies and hospital pharmacies concerning their sphere of activity. The drug utilization data is collected from all licensed pharmacies four times a year, every quarter.

General information about veterinary pharmacies can be found on the Estonian State Agency of Medicines webpage.

When comparing the turnover of pharmacies on different years it is worth noting that the VAT (value added tax) for medicinal products increased from 5% to 9% and VAT for other products increased from 18% to 20% at the beginning of July 2009.

CLASSIFICATIONS

Classification of Administrative and Settlement Units of Estonia (EHAK)

This classification is used upon submission of regional statistics. Regional health care statistics are submitted by 15 counties. Information about Tallinn and Tartu is submitted separately. This classification system is available on the webpage of the Statistics Estonia in the Classifications section (in Estonian).

Categories of pharmacies:

LINKS

Pharmacy statistics

CONTACT

State Agency of Medicines

E-mail: info[at]ravimiamet.ee

Phone: +372 737 4140

 

Updated: 13.05.2022