Héctor Villa Osorio

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Born(1926-05-01)May 1, 1926
Manizales, Colombia
DiedAugust 18, 2012(2012-08-18) (aged 86)
Bogotá, Colombia
Known forFounder of Dromayor
Spouse(s)Ruby Trujllo de Villa

Héctor Villa Osorio (1 May, 1926, Manizales - 18 August, 2012, Bogotá) was a Colombian BusinessMan, Founder of the pharmaceutical conglomerate, Dromayor. He was also the founder of Club del Comercio en Pereira and in his last decade was a strategic partner in construction projects such as, Torre Central, Uniplex and Unicentro Pereira.


Hector Villa was born on the 1st of May 1926 y was orphaned at age 6. Given that situation he was forced to quit schooling to make a living. His first formal job was as an errand boy for a local pharmacy. There he started to learn about the industry he would later spearhead through the country. At the age of 15, he left for the city of Pereira where he worked in other pharmacies attending the counter.

On April 9th, 1948, on the day of the Bogotazo, he founded a drugstore, Farmacia Americana, and he was the sole employee. He spent 10 years there, living and working in the pharmacy open to the public 24/7. In 1950 he had saved enough to open 3 more drugstores and in 1953 he opened his first distribution center, Drogas Caldas to supply his drugstores in the region. [1]

He then opened the second distribution Center in Pereira called Deposito Central de Drogas, due to shortening of telegraph messages his company name was always shortened to Dromayor, which immediately became the name of the company. Through the next decade he expanded to all Colombian major cities and dedicated the next 15 years to manage a network of 25 distribution centers and over250 drug stores nationally and also expanded distribution to include 10,000 Colombian independent pharmacies, The company had 90% market share for the Colombian market until the early 90s when fierce international competition landed on the scene. [2]

In the early 2000's Dromayor had several attempts to internationalize through a fusion with an international conglomerate and due to several international economic crises that was not possible. It was finally sold by divisions to different local smaller companies. [3]

In 1983 He founded two pharmaceutical production plants called Anglopharma and Ophalac. They specialized in generics and produced over 380 references of pharmaceutical compounds which were also exported to the Peruvian, panamanian and Ecuadorian markets. Beyond his pharmaceutical achievements He was involved in the construction business through his real estate company, liquor distribution business and an insurance company.[4]

Personal life

He was married to Ruby Trujllo de Villa, a first cousin of Cesar Gaviria Trujillo, president of Colombia and they had 4 children.


  1. "Organización Dromayor". Issuu.
  2. "Farmacias se reinventan para competir con nuevos jugadores". competencia y regulación de farmacias.
  3. https://bitacorafarmaceutica.com/2008/09/14/ahumada-esta-dispuesta-a-comprar-el-100-de-dromayor-pero-colombianos-quieren-ser-aun-minoritarios-colombia/
  4. Tiempo, Casa Editorial El (February 11, 2008). "Deportivo Pereira comienza proceso de democratización". El Tiempo.

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