The pharmacy sales market in the UK has dropped by 11% in the last year.
The number of pharmacy sales fell by 0.6% in April and by 2.7% in May, according to the pharmacy sales data company NPD.
The figure, which excludes online sales, is lower than the 2.9% decline the industry suffered in March and April.
However, the figures are still far from a full recovery.
The figures show that the UK was the only market in which sales fell in May.
This year, the number of people using a pharmacy in the country has fallen by 13.7 million.
That compares to a fall of 11.7m in 2016, which is the worst quarterly decline in history.
Last year, sales were up by a quarter, but the number was down on the previous year’s 7.3 million.NPD said there had been an overall improvement in the health sector.
However there was a further 4.5 million new prescriptions written in the first three months of 2017, up by 2 million compared to the same period last year, and the number is set to continue to increase.
The company said that the increase in the number in 2017 was due to the introduction of a new prescription drug benefit in the autumn.
It also pointed to the fact that the number will fall further in 2018.
However it is important to remember that the average price of a drug will increase from £24,500 in 2017 to £27,000 in 2020, as the UK government is due to implement a package of measures in the coming weeks to reduce the cost of medicines.
A spokeswoman for the Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry said: “This is a worrying sign for the industry.
The latest figures show the number and price of medicines are rising year-on-year and this is only likely to accelerate in the longer term.”
(Reporting by Tom Harford; Editing by Tom Heneghan)