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, a price set by the Government before the advance of the omicron variant, which has led to a considerable increase in the consumption of these home tests.
Spain sets a maximum price of 2.94 euros for self-diagnostic tests in pharmacies
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 the tests self-diagnosis 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 as well as other products necessary for the protection of the health of the population when there is an exceptional health situation.
The Interministerial Commission on Drug Prices approved this Thursday unanimously to set the maximum amount of 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 exclusively sold in pharmacies despite the fact that large stores and other groups have been demanding that it be liberalized outside of them.
The Executive considers that they should be dispensed only in these offices for security reasons.
The resolution also establishes that 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 for guarantee the supply, its temporary commercialization by this Agency has been allowed. The maximum amount is unitary and final with VAT included, according to the BOE.