The Swedish parliament has approved legislation to abolish the country’s state-run Apoteket pharmacy retail monopoly.
The new law allows private companies to run their own competing pharmacies, beginning July 1st. Some of the current government-owned pharmacies are to be sold off.
The new law opens up the market to allow ordinary retailers to sell non-prescription drugs such as headache tablets, starting in November. At present there is only one store for every 10,000 people in this country where aspirin or other non-prescription drugs can be purchased.