Distributor DIPO Expands in Costa Rica

Through a new division, DIPO Pharmaceutics (Dipo Farmacéutica), the distribution company will serve the pharmaceutics industry.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


DIPO has warehouses in Guanacaste, San Carlos, Pérez Zeledón, Pococí and San José. It currently serves 11.000 businesses and plans to serve 1.000 more with the new division.

From Elfinancierocr.com: “Dipo will enter the highly competitive market of medicine distribution. The largest participants are now Cofasa, Grupo Farmanova and Cefa. The latter recently decided to focus in Costa Rica by selling its operations in Honduras and El Salvador”.

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