Aguirre, architect of healthcare privatization, signs pharmaceutical distributor Cofares

The pharmaceutical cooperative Cofares, a leader in the distribution of medicines in Spain, this Tuesday announced Javier Fernandez Lasquet, former Minister of Community Economy and Health of Madrid with the PP, as the President of one of its subsidiaries.

In particular, Eduardo Pastor, president of Cofares, hired Javier Fernández-Lasquet as chairman of the board of directors of Cofares Diversificación.

“This appointment enables the creation of a new structure for this subsidiary of the company, which focuses on pharmaceutical industry logistics, hospital distribution and logistics, business development and engineering and logistics projects for national and international clients.” International”, he explains. group in the statement.

Cofares explains that Lasquetty has “a career of more than 35 years” and “has developed a significant career in positions of great responsibility in the public and private sectors”. At the end of last year, he left his role as an MP in the Madrid Assembly to become a director of Morinvest, Alicia Koplowitz’s investment company. He is also a member of the advisory board of Sagardoy Abogados.

“During his career he has taken on significant responsibilities in sectors such as health, education and immigration; and has extensive experience in corporate governance bodies,” says Cofares.

“Cofares is synonymous with the most technologically up-to-date and very fast and efficient service for all pharmacists in Spain. I am very happy that Eduardo Pastor invited me to contribute to the development of the company in areas such as logistics for laboratories and hospitals. The pharmaceutical sector in Spain is becoming increasingly important and Cofares is central to connecting patients with innovation through pharmacies,” Fernández-Lasquet said in a statement.

The former popular politician was considered the ultra-liberal economic ideologue of the current president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, although it was confirmed last June that he would not repeat the private sector in the regional government. Lasquet already resigned as health minister in 2014 under Esperanza Aguirre after she tried to privatize Madrid’s community health management.

Cofares has also joined Lourdes Fraguas Gadea, state lawyer and advisor to companies such as ACS, and also lawyer Isidro Diaz de Bustamante y Terminel, to the board of directors of this subsidiary.

With 11,971 pharmaceutical partners and cooperators, Cofares is the leading pharmaceutical distributor in Spain and had a turnover of more than 3.6 billion euros in 2021, according to its website. With more than 3,000 employees and almost 80 years of history, it is the largest healthcare company in Spain. Over the years, the company has had Juan de Guindos, brother of the former minister and current vice-president of the European Central Bank (ECB), Luis de Guindos as secretary of the board.

Source: El Diario

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