Alliance of Pharmacy Chains

In Costa Rica, Farmacias Sucre agreed to purchase a percentage of the shares of Farmacias Santa Lucía, and plans to invest more than $2 million in strengthening both brands.

Friday, March 22, 2019

The business alliance, whose details of the percentage negotiated between the two companies were not disclosed, is pending approval by the Commission to Promote Competition (Coprocom).

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Carlos Salas, commercial director of Farmacias Sucre, told that "... the alliance comes at a time when both chains share the vision of creating market value, protecting the patient from bad practices of changing prescriptions without consulting the doctor, as well as with the conviction of respecting and ensuring the existence of independent pharmacies."

Salas added that "... In making this alliance we intend to promote a common front in the face of the severe loss of value that has experienced the drug market, which at the same time threatens pharmaceutical care and patient service, now affected by formats that are purely dedicated to the sale of drugs and tactics of market concentration."

Also see "Participants in the Costa Rican pharmaceutical market"

The investments of $2 million expected to be executed will be focused on optimizing inventories, logistics, training and pharmaceutical care for both brands. Also, new sales points will be opened in San Francisco and Santa Barbara, in Heredia, and in San Ramon de Alajuela, all from Farmacias Santa Lucia.

In the case of Farmacias Sucre the plans are to launch three stores, which will be located in Multiplaza Curridabat, Multiplaza Escazú and Hospital Cima.

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