"Is very ugly": a Portuguese pharmaceutical company criticizes the price of antigen tests in Spain

Ana Militao, Portuguese pharmacy worker, He explained that in his country the Government does not allow doing business with self-diagnostic tests for COVID-19 and has established a price for the sale of these tests, the value of which cannot exceed 15%. Militão has also ensured that It seems to him “very bad” what happens in Spain with these tests because the situation is very difficult and making a business of this “is very ugly, it should not be done”.

Unlike Spain, where the tests are around 7-8 euros and can only be purchased in pharmacies, in Portugal they can be purchased in supermarkets – even from the Spanish company Mercadona – for a price close to 2 euros.

As announced on Tuesday by the Minister of Territorial Policy and Government spokesperson, Isabel Rodríguez, lThe Interministerial Commission for Drug Prices (CIPM) will meet this Thursday to set a maximum price for the sale of the COVID-19 diagnostic antigen tests,

This will fulfill the promise made this Monday by the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, in an interview on Cadena SER, in which the Government’s intention to “control the price of antigen tests” advanced.

Rodríguez has detailed that “until now” the Government has been in charge of guaranteeing the supply of the tests, which suffered a great lack of ‘stock’ in the last weeks of December due to the large increase in infections due to the omicron variant.

“There was tension in the market and the Government, in the hands of pharmaceutical distributors and schools, guaranteed the supply. Now we have guaranteed the supply and we are going to set maximum prices. If the supply was not guaranteed, the prices could not be set.” , has defended.

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