The consumption of pharmaceuticals is increasing across OECD countries, not only in terms of expenditure, but also the volume or quantity of drugs consumed.
Czechs like using pharmaceuticals. They spent approximately a fifth of total health care costs on the pills, one of the highest share within the OECD universe. On the other hand, Czechs are below-average users of antibiotics.
While consumption has been gradually increasing in financial terms in the last two decades, package-consumption has dropped by nearly 19% since the peak in 2003 in the Czech Republic.