Where can customers get non-prescription medicines from? Answer: Stationary in the pharmacy around the corner or at the online retailer.

A strong demand for non-prescription medicines is driving the online retailer Shop Apotheke. According to preliminary calculations, sales in the second quarter increased by almost 15 percent to 287 million euros compared to the same period last year.

At the end of the first half of the year, the number of active customers was 8.6 million, which corresponds to an increase of 1.5 million in a year-on-year comparison. The stock was up more than 10 percent in early trading.

The online pharmacy increased its sales of non-prescription drugs in the second quarter by 11.2 percent year-on-year. The Executive Board confirmed the forecast for the 2022 financial year. The group is aiming for a sales increase of 15 to 25 percent for non-prescription drugs.

Shop Apotheke had high hopes for the widespread introduction of electronic prescriptions. When the launch, originally planned for the turn of the year, was postponed, the company, like its rivals, came under pressure on the stock market. According to the announcement, CEO Stefan Feltens is confident that the introduction of electronic prescriptions will be promoted nationwide in the coming months.