Winners and Losers in Drug Store Wars

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.

Monday, July 2, 2012

An article by César Quirós Brenes in reports on up to what point Cefa-Fischel Corporation has reached in the drug retail sector in Costa Rica: "Of the 950 active pharmacies as of 15 June, 67 (7% of total) are Fischel stores. Just this year new 10 stores have been reported by the chain. announced last month that "Compañía Farmacéutica S. A. (Cofasa), denounced CEFA Corporation - owner of Fischel pharmacies - for alleged monopolistic acts."

Cefa-Fischel explains that "rebates and discounts on their products have always figured in their strategy."

According to the media monitoring company Media Guru, in 2011 Cefa-Fischel Corporation increased its ad spending by 485.5%, and Brenes Quiros indicates that "that is not all. The corporation is selling products on their premises up to 30% cheaper, including the discount, than in the competing pharmacies it supplies. "

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Girasol Pharma is a school of clinical pharmacist contracted for Santos de Rey Medical Group, where it participates in the activities of direct attention to the patient in the management of pharmacological therapy, geriatrics and anticoagulation clinics.

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