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 Elfinancierocr.com 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.

Nacion.com 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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Pharmacy War Goes to Competition Tribunal

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The Pharmaceutical Market Shake Up in Costa Rica

May 2013

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The Fischel brand and its network of pharmacies are owned by CEFA Corporation.

Arnaldo José Garnier, president of CEFA Corporation and Fischel and pharmacies informed Nacion.com: "The main objective of this union is to generate more sales, reduce costs, improve profitability and accelerate the opening of new outlets."

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