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Medco Health Solutions (SWOT Analysis)

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“SWOT is an acronym for the internal Strengths and Weaknesses of a firm and the environmental Opportunities and Threats facing that firm. SWOT analysis is a widely used technique through which managers create a quick overview of a company’s strategic situation. The technique is based on the assumption that an effective strategy derives from a sound “fit” between a firm’s internal resources (strengths and weaknesses) and its external situation (opportunities and threats). A good fit maximizes a firm’s strengths and opportunities and minimizes its weaknesses and threats. Accurately applied, this simple assumption has powerful implications for the design of a successful strategy.”

Medco Health Solutions 

Medco Health Solutions (Medco) provides pharmacy benefit management (PBM) and specialty pharmacy services through its national networks of retail pharmacies and its own mail-order pharmacies. Medco is one of the largest PBM mail order service and specialty pharmacy providers in the US. A leading market position enhances the company’s brand image and also its bargaining power. However, competition from well-established peers and health plan providers could adversely affect Medco’s revenue growth and profitability.

Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT)

Location of Factor

TYPE OF FACTOR

Favorable

Unfavorable

Internal

Strengths

  • Leading market position
  • Acquisition of PolyMedica
  • BCBSA’s mail service contract

Weaknesses

  • Weak returns
  • Reliance on low-profit clients

External

Opportunities

  • Acquisition of Europa Apotheek
  • Automated pharmacy in Central Indiana
  • Collaborations

Threats

  • Intense competition
  • Cost containment measures
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