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Squeezed by Price Caps And Rising Costs, China's Nepstar Drugstore Chain Pushes Its Own Brands

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

Executive Summary

Want to get beverages on a drug store run for aspirin in China? Not a problem in Nepstar stores, where China's largest retail pharmacy chain is increasingly becoming more of a convenience store than a traditional drug store. It is shifting its business model to focus on private label products to fend off a double squeeze: swelling rental and labor costs and ongoing governmental reform initiatives to impose price caps on drug retailers

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