Health Products Sales Up 11% – My Canadian Pharmacy Study
There are fewer people looking for diagnoses on the Internet, but 43% go to drugstores to buy medicines without a prescription.
Happy people are healthier, reported a global study conducted by oxavi.org, which was attended by 5,500 respondents from 10 countries in Asia and Europe.
During the survey, respondents were asked to evaluate their health and how much they smile; the results showed that happier people who smile more often perceive themselves to be healthy.
91% of respondents believe that smile and laughter bring many health benefits, but only 66% smile often and do not experience stress. Generation Z smiles more and generally describes itself as happy, compared to more mature groups, including Y, X and the Boomer generation (1940-1959). The representatives of generation Z consider themselves healthier in relation to people who were born at another time.
The online pharmacy conducted this study from November to December last year. More than 5,500 consumers in 10 markets in Asia and Europe aged 15 to 60 participated in a survey to share their thoughts on a wide range of health topics. The Netherlands took first place in the list of the healthiest countries, followed by Singapore, the United Kingdom, the Philippines, Malaysia, Mainland China, Ukraine, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Thailand.
Family and health are core values
When it comes to ranking the importance of life aspects, family (87%) and health (84%) top the list, and wealth and love (33% and 32%) follow them by a wide margin.
“If the survey is conducted in two months, I’m sure that the result will be even more noticeable, where people will put family and health at the top of life priorities. Although most of us are not medical workers who can help patients or develop vaccines, everyone can to do something for your health, for example, just smile more and lead an active lifestyle,” commented Riley Patterson, a respresentative of the pharmacy.
Stress keeps people from smiling
Stress is now rapidly becoming one of the biggest health problems in the world. Three major and global health topics are nutrition, weight control and stress management, with the stress problem growing twice as fast as the other two.
Looking at stress in line with this difficult time, Jamie Cheng, chair of clinical psychology at the Hong Kong Psychological Society, comments: “It’s normal to feel anxious or helpless in the midst of this global health crisis, but let’s not forget that a positive attitude towards fighting the disease is our last line of defense: a high sense of hope is associated with improved mental health, we can also maintain our active lifestyle, relax and take care of each other’s feelings. If people are stressed, they should seek professional help from a doctor, psychologist or social worker.”
In many markets, supplies of medical supplies, including surgical masks and disinfectants, are in short supply, and thus price increases have made them inaccessible to the disadvantaged. This worldwide phenomenon poses tremendous difficulties for the poor and can lead to long-term health problems.
To respond to the current pandemic, many pharmaceutical companies donated surgical masks to those in need, including 150,000 masks donated in Hong Kong to older people who are more vulnerable to the disease. Watsons in Singapore has provided assistance packages to help families in need. They also deliver essential goods, disinfectants, personal hygiene products, and household chemicals to hospitals.
Pharmaceutical companies understand that hygiene during the pandemic is necessary for maintaining health and preventing the situation with the possible spread of the disease.
Diagnoses on the Internet are less common
Compared to the results of the 2017 report, the number of people looking for information on their health status on the network and relying on it has decreased. While fake news and false information populate the Internet and social networks, consumers are currently seeking health information from reliable sources.
The study found that 61% of patients still go to a doctor when they feel unwell, and 43% go to pharmacies to buy over-the-counter medicines or dietary supplements. However, only 15% of consumers seek help from a pharmacist.
Pharmacists are trained in the field of healthcare and are a reliable source of opinions to reduce pressure on the public health system, but the role of the pharmacist is currently underestimated. With over 1,500 pharmacies worldwide, oxavi.org believes that more and more people will ask online pharmacists for help because they are reliable, professional, and easily accessible.
Health – care and opportunity
More than 80% of respondents believe that proper sleep, a healthy diet and regular exercise are enough to help maintain their health, but 40% of them cannot adhere to these points. More and more people (60%) are interested in taking vitamins and nutritional supplements to improve their health.
Last year, 1 billion customers of the online pharmacy purchased health products, while sales by health category grew by 11% year on year. Buyers of health products visited the more than website 10 times a year, and their expenses were almost 80% higher. The study shows that more and more people are investing in their health and well-being by buying vitamins and supplements worldwide, which is 12% more than last year.
Riley Patterson commented on the high growth in the purchase of medical products: “Based on a survey of our customers, consumers of medical services spend almost 80% more than the average buyer. Vitamins and supplements showed the fastest growth of 12%. We care about the health of our customers, and this is the second global health study we have conducted that aims to keep abreast of their needs and lifestyles, and we will expand our product line and services worldwide for our clients who want to monitor lyse and maintain your health.”
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