Figures published by the Agency for Medicinal Products and Medical Devices (HALMED) show that the consumption of pharmaceutical drugs in Croatia was on the rise in 2015, and of the non-prescription drugs Croatians spent the most money on pain killers and drugs treating fever.
Last year Croatians spent 50 million kuna on such as aspirin and Andol, medications based on acetylsalicylic acid (ASA), which is used to treat pain, fever and inflammation, and 40 million kuna on paracetamol, available as a generic medication with trade names including Lekadol and Lupocet.
Also, 32 million kuna was spent on ibuprofen, a drug available under a number of trade names including Neofen, Ibuprofen, etc.
The total consumption of medications cost 5.2 billion kuna, 5.2% more than in 2014.
The data indicate that 998 doses of a drug are consumed per 1,000 residents per day, namely nearly a tablet per capita.
Broken down by type of disease treated by medicines, drugs treating cardiovascular illnesses were on the top of the consumption ranking. Drugs treating neurological disorders and drugs for digestion followed.
According to HALMED, 86.5% of the costs of drug consumption, or some 4.6 billion kuna, was covered by the Croatian Health Insurance Fund (HZZO) while Croatians paid from their pockets some 640 million kuna (12% of the total costs) last year.