In September 2020, the number of purchased drugs in Russia decreased by 13 per cent, 1rnd reports with reference to the VTB statistics. In June-August 2020, the volume of transactions in pharmacy chains amounted to 2.6 billion rubles, which is 9 per cent lower than in the summer of 2019. In September, the total volume of spendings amounted to 1 billion rubles. However, the average check increased by 4 per cent and amounted to 547 rubles.
“The decrease in the cost of medicines was facilitated by the decrease in tourist activity of the population, including the lack of foreign travel,” the Head of the Acquiring Department at VTB, Aleksei Kirichek, said.
At the same time, in Moscow, the demand for medicines continues to grow. Their turnover in the city increased by 5 per cent compared to the same period of the last year. It is specified that the number of transactions decreased by 2 per cent, and the average check increased by 7 per cent and amounted to 672 rubles.
Petersburgers at the beginning of autumn started to visit pharmacies more often, so the number of transactions increased by 22 per cent, but their spending on medicines decreased by 5 per cent. The average check amounted to 724 rubles.