Pharmacy War Goes to Competition Tribunal

In Costa Rica, Compañía Farmacéutica S. A. (Cofasa) has filed a suit over monopolistic acts by the Corporation which owns the Fischel pharmacies .

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Cofasa's lawyer, in a complaint before the National Competition Commission at the Ministry of Economy, said that the CEFA Corporation, which owns the pharmacy chain Fischel, "... concentrates in the same company the manufacturing, importation, purchase from national manufacturers, wholesale distribution and retail sale of medicines", reports

The representative argued that this situation could affect the ability of his client, Cofasa, to stay or not stay in the market, as well as other independent pharmacies ".... because they buy from CEFA these products at prices above what the firm sells in their own pharmacies" says the release.

Meanwhile CEFA has not agreed to give any statements as it has not yet been notified by the Commission, but referred to the seriousness of the company and stated that they act within the laws of Costa Rica.

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Seven years after Cofasa filed a monopoly complaint against Fischel, in Costa Rica the Commission for the Promotion of Competition decided to impose a fine of almost $19 million on the pharmacy chain.

Representatives of the Commission for the Promotion of Competition (Coprocom), informed that the fine imposed on Fischel is provisional, since the resolution is in the appeals phase, so it is not final and cannot be released figures or other aspects of the ruling.

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High Price of Medicines in Costa Rica

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A study by the Universidad de Costa Rica notes that one company controls the distribution of 80% of drugs sold, with price differences of up to 1,000%.

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Winners and Losers in Drug Store Wars

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Corporation Cefa-Fischel is gaining more and more of the market share in Costa Rica, with tactics that are being denounced as anti-competitive business practices.

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