Pharmacy Monopoly could be back by 2010

The Swedish Opposition say that they will reverse the government’s decision to scrap the pharmacy monopoly if they win the next election. The Social Democrats, the Left party and the Greens have long disapproved of the new system, which is planned to be in place in July.  

Their intentions were revealed at a press conference on Thursday with the aim to send a clear message to companies planning to buy into the Swedish pharmaceutical market.The Opposition questions the procedures around the pricing of medication, as well as pharmaceutical companies being able to own their own pharmacies. The fear is that this would lead to a market ruled by a few international actors. Ultimately, this could mean higher prices on medication and less public control.

It is not yet known what would happen to the already privatised pharmacies in the case of monopoly being reinstated. The next Swedish election is in September 2010.

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