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Journal:   IRANIAN JOURNAL OF PHARMACEUTICAL RESEARCH (IJPR)   2014 , Volume 13 , Number 3; Page(s) 739 To 741.
 
Paper: 

CHAIN DRUGSTORES: OPPORTUNITIES AND THREATS (EDITORIAL)

 
 
Author(s):  MOHAMMADZADEH MEHDI*, YOUSEFI NAZILA, SHARIFINIA HESAM
 
* SCHOOL OF PHARMACY, SHAHID BEHESHTI UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, TEHRAN, IRAN
 
Abstract: 

According to non-official data, despite official ban, over 50% of the pharmacies in Tehran are illegally managed by non pharmacist investors. It means despite the regulations ban, tendency to Chain pharmacy exist in Iran and some investor has more than 10 pharmacies. It means despite the regulations, tendency to Chain pharmacy exist. Benchmarking in other countries shows some advantages and disadvantages of chain pharmacies which if regulated properly could lead to patient benefits. Chain pharmacy regulations are wide varying all over the world. The organization structure might be based on the horizontal or vertical integration. In vertical integration as the pharmacy integrated with distributor, wholesaler, and factory, repeated mark ups are omitted and the unit costs could be lower. But due to the market dominance caused by this loop, it is not accepted in most of the countries. In horizontal integration chain pharmacy construct by merging some independent pharmacies and could be sole-ownership or shared-ownership.

 
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