The more than 22,000 Spanish pharmacies will sell the Covid-19 self-diagnosis tests starting this Saturday at a maximum of 2.94 euros, price set by the Government before the advance of the omicron variant, which has led to a considerable increased 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 retail amount of the 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 pricing mechanism medicines and health products not subject to medical prescription, as well as other products necessary for the protection of population health when there is a exceptional health situation.
The Interministerial Commission on Drug Prices unanimously approved this Thursday to set the maximum amount for sale to the public of this type of test, after the high demand derived from the sixth wave of the coronavirus reached triple its price.
Unlike other European countries, self-diagnosis tests in Spain will continue to be exclusive sale in pharmacies despite the fact that large surfaces and other groups had been demanding that it be liberalized outside of them.
The Executive considers that they should be dispensed only in these offices for security cuestions.
The resolution also establishes that this maximum unit sale amount to the public will also be application to professional use tests that have express authorization from the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products, as well as those others that, temporarily and to guarantee supply, have been allowed to be temporarily marketed by that Agency. The maximum amount is unitary and final with VAT included, according to the BOE.