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Penta Investments to buy Polish pharmacy chain Mediq for €70 million
9 Aug 2013 Flash News
The investment group Penta is set to buy Polish pharmacy chain Mediq Apteka, run by financial group ACP Pharma, the TASR newswire learned on Thursday, August 8. After signing the contract with ACP Pharma, Penta Investments will be in charge of running more than 300 pharmacies in Poland and will thereby become the second largest player on the Polish market.
The Sme daily wrote that apart from pharmacies, Penta has acquired control of several Polish hospitals. It also wants to buy more hospitals in Slovakia and the Czech Republic so far; it already owns 10 hospitals in eastern Slovakia. Penta owns just a single health insurer – Dôvera – which brings profits (€50 million last year). There are also concerns about this as the Slovak government wants to nationalize private health insurers and merge them into a single, state-owned one.
(Source: TASR, Sme)
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