In case of health problem what does a German person do?

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Not every German person goes directly to the physician for receiving medicine in need. Often they use over the counter medicine (OVM).


Figure 9: Over the counter medicines (OVM)( (in 2013 in % of total revenues) (Arzneimittel-Hersteller Table 9)


In Figure 9 one sees that about 30% of all over the counter medicine is either herbal or homeopathic. That means that both have a big influence in the pharmaceutical market. The revenues for homeopathic medicine are rather low in comparison to herbal drugs (33%-50%), because of the low costs of the homeopathic remedies (Arzneimittel-Hersteller).


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