The drug consumption level in France is often considered as being one of the most important in Europe. This study aims at confirming this assertion over the period 2000-2004 by comparing drug consumption in Germany, Spain, France, Italy and the United-Kingdom. The results show that in 2004 drug consumption in France was no more the biggest for all the seven studied classes. Moreover, the consumption levels of the five countries have converged between 2000 and 2004, as well as the consumption structures.
VIENS, G., LEVESQUE, K., CHAHWAKILIAN, P., EL HASNAOUI, A., GAUDILLAT, A. and NICOL, G. (2007). Evolution comparée de la consommation de médicaments dans 5 pays européens entre 2000 et 2004 : analyse de 7 classes pharmaco-thérapeutiques. ESSEC Business School.