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Changes in the Swedish pharmacy market

The Swedish pharmacy market is changing and actors other than the state-owned Apoteket AB have obtained the right to retail sales of drugs to the consumer.

We study how the market is reconstructed, how pharmacists act as institutional entrepreneurs and how the practice is reshaped. Which players will dominate the market is an open question.

Representatives of various, sometimes conflicting, interests are acting to strengthen their positions and several important political issues are at stake:

• Will small business owners get a place in the market?
• How will the rural stakeholders be accommodated?
• Will the price situation for the individual consumer change when the state interests to keep the cost of medicines down meet private actors profit interest?
• Will pharmacists' professional status be strengthened or will a competitive retail trade be those that shape the future of the pharmacy market and its practice?

Kajsa Lindberg
Petra Adolfsson


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