Tuesday, May 31, 2005

APOTEKET IS AN ILLEGAL STATE-OWNED PHARMACY CHAIN

Good news: Swedish pharmacy monopoly illegal.

The European Court of Justice has ruled that Apoteket, Sweden's state-owned pharmacy monopoly, is illegal.

The court said: "The system of selecting medicinal preparations operated by the monopoly in question, Apoteket, is liable to place at a disadvantage medicinal preparations from other member states." (TheLocal.se, 05/31/05.)



From the Court of Justice of the European Communities:

Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-438/02 Hanner. Free movement of goods. The Swedish Monopoly on Retail Sales of Medical Preparations is Contrary to Community Law. (Curia.eu.int, Nº 47/2005, 05/31/05.)