May 12, 2021

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There's nothing like our health

FederSalus & NFI commit to distributing quality supplement data

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Announced yesterday, the partnership aims to put science and research at the forefront of efforts, with the association highlighting the €3.8bn Italian supplements sector – a 27% share of the European market.

“Italians are the main consumers of supplements in Europe,”​ said FederSalus. “It is therefore essential to update individuals with the progress of research with the correct interpretation and communication.

“In 2018 there were 26 million medical prescriptions for food supplements and the pharmacy was the first purchasing channel, for this reason the doctor and pharmacist are the main recipients of scientific study as reference figures for the consumption of food supplements, considered functional for good health.”

FederSalus survey

News of the newly formed partnership comes as FederSalus highlights the coronavirus as a factor in consumers including food supplements as a core shopping item, as the science suggests a protective role in health and wellbeing.

According to the Association’s survey​​​, results comparing the first quarter 2020 vs. 2019, saw the value of online pharmacies jump 64% to €82m with dietary supplements representing half of this total value.

Further results of some of the main supplement categories in the first quarter of 2020 vs. 2019 found purchases for vitamin C jumped 237.8%, immunostimulants by 64.5% and supplements for sleep and relaxation by 26.6%.

This is despite local and online pharmacies making up 3.7% as a channel in which consumers can access food supplements during the lockdown.

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