One of the Agency's tasks is to compile statistical data on the consumption of medicinal products in Iceland. The data is collected from wholesalers and then entered into a database.
The database contains information on wholesale distribution of medicinal products which have had marketing authorisations over the last five years.
The data makes use of the defined daily dose (DDD) and (DÞD) which are defined as:
The DDD is assumed average maintenance dose per day for a drug used for its main indication in adults.
DÞD is defined as defined daily dose for every 1.000 inhabitants per day (DDD/1.000 inhabitants per day).
Drug Consumption in Iceland 2009-2013
Use of data is allowed provided the source is acknowledged.
Interpretation of data should follow scientific rules and is always the user's responsibility.
According to ruling by the Ministry of Welfare, of 16 January 2015, publication of statistical information on the sale of medicine with marketing authorisation in Iceland has been suspended, at least for the time being.