HEALTHCARE: The right medicine

HEALTHCARE: The right medicine

Brazil Chile Mexico M&A

By Karen Schwartz Latin American’s healthcare industry is maturing fast as the region gets richer – and older. Increasing affluence and an aging population are proving a powerful mix for the pharmaceuticals sector, which is undergoing a radical makeover through a wave of consolidation. Interest and investment in the industry tends to focus on Brazil and Mexico: the former had by 2010 becomes the seventh leading nation worldwide in drug sales, while for the latter, pharmaceuticals is one of the fastest growing sectors, undergoing a 4.8% expansion in 2011. And the healthcare sector in both countries meanwhile has seen a surge in mergers and acquisitions as companies seek to expand their re

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