The Government sets the maximum price of antigen tests for sale in pharmacies at 2.94 euros

The Interministerial Commission on Drug Prices, a collegiate body of the Ministry of Health that includes other ministries and the autonomous communities, has unanimously approved limiting the maximum price of self-diagnostic tests for antigens for sale in pharmacies to 2.94 euros. Minister Darias has confirmed that the tests can be purchased in pharmacies at that maximum price from this Saturday, January 15. Carolina Darias has ensured that the fixed price is “as affordable as possible.” This maximum price It will be applied to all COVID-19 self-diagnostic antigen tests that are sold in pharmacies and that have been authorized by the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products (AEMPS).

Since weeks before Christmas, the price of COVID-19 self-diagnosis tests had skyrocketed in pharmacies, reaching prices above ten euros. The Executive has explained that the price has been chosen looking for the balance between that there continues to be supply and that prices are lowered as much as possible. The Minister of Economy, Nadia Calviño, came to assure that she herself had bought tests for 7 or 8 euros: “It can’t be.”

The announcement of the price regulation was made by the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, in an interview with Àngels Barceló in the SER this past Monday, January 10.

Health has also considered the cost of the tests in other countries to make the decision. “Sales prices have been considered since July, when the product was put on the market in Spain, to date. We have considered the margin in the commercial framework of pharmacies and this, considering that the product is exempt from VAT, we has given an orientation, “he explained.

The PP demanded to the Government to limit the price of antigen tests to a maximum of 2 euros and they consider that the measure is late. The The health and pharmaceutical sector also consider that the measure is late, as they consider that it should have been launched before Christmas, however, come necessary.

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