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La distribuzione dei farmaci in Italia: assetti industriali ed efficienza alla luce di un confronto internazionale
Author/s: Laura Ferrari Bravo 
Year:  2002 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  33 FullText PDF:  165 KB

This paper provides an analysis of the Italian pharmaceutical distribution network and a cross-country comparison with other EU member States. It is argued that the reaction of Italian wholesalers and retailers to the significant changes underwent in the broader European pharmaceutical industry should be enhanced by regulatory reforms that foster competition at all levels of the production-distribution chain. Particularly, it is shown that health policy goals which regulations are designed for would better be pursuit by a policy mix that allows free pricing for pharmaceuticals while constraining wholesaling retailing, or by a control system over prices paired with a more flexible distribution network.

Laura Ferrari Bravo, in "ECONOMIA PUBBLICA " 6/2002, pp. , DOI:


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