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The maximum price of antigens in pharmacies comes into force: 2.94 euros

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The more than 22,000 Spanish pharmacies will sell from this Saturday the self-diagnosis tests of covid-19 to a maximum of 2.94 euros , price set by the Government before the advancement of the omicron variant, which has led to a considerable increase in the consumption of these home tests.

This Friday the Official State Gazette (BOE) published a resolution of the General Directorate of the Common Portfolio of Services of the National Health and Pharmacy System, which publicized the agreement that sets a maximum amount for sale to the public of self-diagnosis tests starting this Saturday.

The resolution is based on article 94.3 of the Law on guarantees and rational use of medicines and health products, which indicates that the Government may regulate the mechanism for setting the prices of medicines and health products not subject to prescription medical, as well as other products necessary for the protection of the population's health when there is or in an exceptional health situation.

Only in pharmacies

The Interministerial Commission on Drug Prices unanimously approved this Thursday set the maximum amount for sale to the public of this type of test, after the great demand derived from the sixth wave of the coronavirus tripled its price.

Unlike other European countries, self-diagnosis tests in Spain will continue to be exclusive sale in pharmacies even though large surfaces and other groups had been demanding that it be liberalized outside of them.

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The Executive considers that they should be dispensed with only in these offices for security reasons.

The resolution sets In addition, this maximum unit sale amount to the public will also apply to tests for professional use that have express authorization from the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products, as well as those others that, temporarily and to guarantee supply , has been lost their temporary marketing by that Agency has been permitted. The maximum amount is unitary and final with VAT included, according to the BOE.

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