International Opportunities

The other day, Medco announced that they were going to work with Apoteket to develop a drug safety system for Sweden.  Apoteket currently manages all the pharmacies there, but they are going to be deregulated in 2009.

It’s not likely to make a financial difference for Medco, but I think it’s an interesting step.  US healthcare is often looking for ways to grow in a fairly mature US market.  Going abroad has always been attractive, but a challenge given the different models.  It made me think of some of the other moves over the past few years.

I am sure there are a lot more, but those are the ones that I am familiar with.

One Response to “International Opportunities”

  1. You have a good point. I also think it’s interesting that the PBMs are also developing their own disease management programs – also in response to the maturing US market and their need to avoid becoming commoditized on smaller and smaller margins.

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