The regulation of the cost of these tests -which was already announced by the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez- will come into force this Saturday.

The regulation of the cost of these tests -which was already announced by the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez- will come into force this Saturday.

The regulation of the cost of these tests -which was already announced by the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez- will come into force this Saturday.

An antigen test to detect Covid.

The Government, through the Interministerial Commission on Drug Prices (CIPM), a collegiate body of the Ministry of Health of which several ministries and the autonomous communities are part, has agreed this Thursday set at 2.94 euros the maximum price of the self-diagnostic test of the Covid for sale in pharmacies.

As detailed by the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, in the press conference after the meeting of the commission, the maximum price set for these tests will be effective starting Saturday.

“Our priority objective was to stabilize the supply of this type of product. Once established, we have regulated the maximum price”, said Darias.

In relation to the maximum price, “the cost of sale has been considered since July to have an average price orientation that we have clarified in a price framework of the environment”, added Patricia Lacruz, general director of Pharmacy.

The regulation of the price of these diagnostic tests for the coronavirus -which was announced this Monday by the President of the Executive, Pedro Sánchez- occurs after the increase in its demand and cost, which reached 12 euros in December.

Carolina Darias, Minister of Health, during the press conference.

Carolina Darias, Minister of Health, during the press conference.
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The fixed price will mean that most pharmacies will have to dispense these health products below their cost price. “We assume the fixed price for responsibility and for the health and service vocation that has always guided us and that we have demonstrated in a very convincing way in these two years of pandemic”, said Jesús Aguilar, president of the General Council of Pharmacists.

For her part, Matilde Sánchez, president of the Federation of Pharmaceutical Distributors (Fedifar), added that “extraordinary circumstances require extraordinary measures”, so “if at this difficult time pharmaceutical distribution companies are asked to make an effort more in our commitment to citizens, we assume it”.

Petition

Setting a maximum price for these products -as was already done with the masks- was a request that different groups had been making in recent weeks.

The first to raise his voice was the General Nursing Council (CGE), representative of all registered nurses in Spain. In a statement, the agency denounced that there were differences of up to 200% in the cost of the tests between different establishments.

However, despite its regulation, for the opposition and the health professionals themselves, the Government he comes late. And it is that the measures that countries around us have taken to regulate the cost of self-tests are not precisely on the path of limiting their price, but rather offering these self-diagnosis systems free of charge.

Hence, PP, Ciudadanos and Vox demand the these tests are free. A request to which pharmacists also join.

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