Market share of pharmacies in Sweden 2019

Until 2009, the state-owned company Apoteket AB had a monopoly on selling pharmaceuticals in Sweden. After a decision to lift the monopoly, in 2009, the market opened for other actors. Despite the move, as of 2019, Apoteket AB still had the largest market share of 28 percent. However, the second largest actor, Apotek Hjärtat, followed closely with a market share of 27 percent.

Apoteket AB

   What happened to Apoteket AB after the monopoly was lifted? Before the re-regulation, the state-owned company operated 929 pharmacies in Sweden. In 2010, the first year with no monopoly, the number of pharmacies operated by Apoteket AB had dropped to 345. During the period from 2010 to 2018, the number of pharmacies run by Apoteket AB fluctuated slightly, but increased overall and amounted to 349 in 2018. The total number of pharmacies in Sweden that year was 1,422.

Overview of the pharmaceutical market

   As of 2019, ten years after the decision of re-regulating the monopoly on the sales of pharmaceuticals was made, there were 37 pharmacy actors in Sweden. The largest actors, in terms of market share were Apoteket AB (28 eprcent), Apotek Hjättat (27 percent) and Kronans Apotek (23 percent). Additionally, the largest share of pharmacies’ turnover originated from prescription pharmaceuticals, which accounted for 75 percent of the total turnover in 2018.

Market share of pharmacies in Sweden in 2019

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November 2019



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Incl. only pharmacies with more than 10 physical shops

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