History

Oriola has more than 100 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical wholesale markets of Finland, Sweden, Russia and the Baltic countries. Its wholesale operations in Sweden were begun in 1907, and in 1948 the Finnish company Oriola Oy was founded. Oriola’s Baltic wholesale operations were started in the 1990s and its Russian wholesale operations in 1996. The company has gone through major changes to become a single, strong Oriola wholesale brand.

 

1907

Pharmaceutical wholesale operations started in Sweden - Kronans Droghandel AB was founded.

 

1948

Oriola was founded in Finland as part of the Orion Group under the name Apteekkitavarakauppa Oriola Oy with the purpose of importing, selling and distributing pharmaceuticals and other chemical products as well as sanitary goods and other closely related products.

 

1970

Oriola Oy’s Medical Products department began operations in Finland.

 

1971

Sweden’s pharmacies were nationalized and the pharmacy market became a monopoly. Kronans Droghandel AB continued to distribute pharmaceuticals to pharmacies.

 

1972-1979

The Laboratory Supplies department started up in 1972 in Finland. Hammasväline Oy, a dental supplier, became a wholly-owned Oriola Oy subsidiary in 1974. In 1979 Oriola Oy entered the X-ray business.

 

1990-1995

Oriola started wholesaling operations in Estonia in 1990 and was the first Finnish pharmaceutical wholesaler in the Baltic countries. It was granted full wholesale rights in Estonia in 1993. Operations were started in Lithuania in 1994 and in Latvia in 1995.

 

1996

Wholesale operations were started in Russia in 1996 when OOO Moron was founded.

 

2006

Oriola became a part of Oriola-KD after the demerger of Orion Group. Orion acquired a majority holding in Sweden’s second-largest pharmaceuticals distributor, Kronans Droghandel AB, and Oriola and Kronans Droghandel were combined. The deal made Oriola-KD the leading player in the pharmaceuticals wholesale trade in Finland and Sweden as measured by market shares at the time.

 

2007

Oriola-KD and Lifco AB created a joint company, and 70 per cent of Oriola-KD’s dental business was sold to Lifco. Oriola Oy’s Laboratory Supplies department, Medical Products department and X-Ray business were combined to form the Healthcare Trade business.

 

2008

Oriola-KD entered the Russian market and acquired the pharmaceutical retail and wholesale companies Vitim and Moron. 

 

2009

Sweden’s pharmacy monopoly was deregulated. Wholesale operations in Sweden continued under the name KD Pharma.

 

2010

Oriola-KD entered the Swedish pharmacy market by acquiring a nationwide pharmacy chain. The pharmacy chain is named Kronans Droghandel. The Healthcare Trade business was sold to Mediq N.V. Oriola-KD acquired the OOO 03 Apteka pharmacy chain in Moscow.  The remaining Dental Trade business was sold to Lifco AB.

 

2011

KD Pharma in Sweden and Moron in Russia were rebranded under Oriola.

 

2013

Oriola-KD acquired Swedish pharmacy chain Medstop. Medstop and Kronans Droghandel were integrated into a single pharmacy chain, Kronans Apotek.

 

2014

Oriola-KD sold its Russian businesses to Russian pharmacy chain CJSC "Apteki 36.6".


Milestones

Founders of Apteekkitavarakauppa Oriola Oy: Sauli Sipilä, Board Secretary, Archiater Arvo Ylppö, Chairman of the Board of Orion Oy, and professor Erkki Leikola, Managing Director of Orion Oy. Picture taken in 1979.

 

 

Oriola-KD’s pharmaceutical wholesale brands were branded according to Oriola’s visual identity as of January 2011. After the change all Oriola-KD’s wholesale businesses operates under same Oriola brand.

 

Oriola-KD acquired Swedish pharmacy chain Medstop in 2013. Medstop and Kronans Droghandel were integrated into a single pharmacy chain, Kronans Apotek.