First Private Pharmacy Opens its Doors
The first private pharmacy stores in Sweden in over 40 years open their doors for business today.
A new law, ending Sweden's state run Apoteket retail pharmacy monopoly came into force at the start of the month, leading to more pharmacies, (a mixture of state run and private operators) and better opening hours.
The company Medstop, which now owns 62 pharmacies around the country, opened up stores in Stockholm and Västmanland.
Until this year, Swedes have had to buy their prescription and non prescription drugs exclusively from Apoteket since 1970. The current centre-right government promised to open the market to competition when it came in to power in 2006.The licenses for the stores sold off under deregulation were bought up by a variety of companies, while around half of the 900 or so pharmacies owned by Apoteket AB will still be owned by the State.