company_name = Apoteket AB
company_type = Swedish government enterprise
foundation = 1970
homepage = [http://www.apoteket.se/ www.apoteket.se]
Apoteket is the national pharmaceuticals retailing
monopolyin Sweden. Apoteket AB, formerly Apoteksbolaget, is a government owned enterprise reporting to the Swedish Ministry of Health and Social Affairs.
In 2006, the newly elected centre-right alliance government declared that the Swedish pharmacy monopoly would be broken up and the market opened to free competition. How the monopoly will fall and who will be able to sell medicines and operate pharmacies in Sweden will be decided during 2007. The Swedish pharmacy monopoly was at first expected to end by January 1, 2009. But is has been rescheduled to July 1 , 2009.
* [http://www.apoteket.se/ Apoteket] – Official site
* [http://www.thelocal.se/5803/20061214/ News article on the breakup of the monopoly]
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