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Monopole officinal et concurrence en prix pour la délivrance des médicaments non remboursables : l’exemple français


  • Céline Pilorge


This study analyses whether price competition takes place or not on the OTC (over-the-counter) drug market, on the French pharmacy monopoly. From monthly prices data for thirty drugs and for a sample of 4,700 pharmacies for the period 2006-2008, price levels were compared according to the degree of competition in the area in which the pharmacy was located. The results show that there is very little competition. Whereas the degree of competition varies widely between pharmacies, most pharmacies sell at the same price. These results questions on the effects of a liberalization of the OTC drugs market, in view of international experience. Classification JEL : D43, I11, I18.

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  • Céline Pilorge, 2016. "Monopole officinal et concurrence en prix pour la délivrance des médicaments non remboursables : l’exemple français," Revue économique, Presses de Sciences-Po, vol. 67(5), pages 1057-1084.
  • Handle: RePEc:cai:recosp:reco_675_1057

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    JEL classification:

    • D43 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Oligopoly and Other Forms of Market Imperfection
    • I11 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Analysis of Health Care Markets
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health


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