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Spanish government sets 2.94 euros as maximum price for antigen tests

The government confirms the ban on the sale of antigen tests in supermarkets and department stores, which is allowed in other countries such as France, Portugal and Germany
21 December 2021, Spain, Madrid: A person picks up a free antigen test at a pharmacy in Madrid. The Government of the Community of Madrid has made antigen tests available for free for its citizens before the Christmas gatherings. Photo: Alejandro Martínez Vélez/EUROPA PRESS/dpa.
A person picks up an antigen test at a pharmacy in Madrid. Photo: Alejandro Martínez Vélez/dpa.

Minister of Health Carolina Darias has reported on the agreement reached this morning to limit the maximum price of self-diagnostic antigen tests for Covid-19 to 2.94 euros as of Saturday 15 January.

The agreement, adopted unanimously by the Interministerial Commission on Drug Prices, has set the maximum retail price of antigen tests for self-diagnosis at 2.94 euros. This price will apply to all self-diagnostic antigen tests that are for sale in pharmacies and that have been authorized for sale by the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products. 

Currently, there are 40 authorized products of this type.

The Director of the Basic Portfolio of Health Services and Pharmacy of the Ministry of Health will sign the resolution today (Thursday). Tomorrow (Friday) it will be published in the Official State Gazette (BOE, in its Spanish acronym) and will come into force the day after its publication, that is, on Saturday.

Minister Darias said that the "most affordable price possible" has been set to find a "balance", because her priority is that "it be available in the pharmaceutical channel".

Ban on supermarket sales

The government confirms the ban on the sale of antigen tests in supermarkets and department stores, something that is allowed in other countries such as France, Portugal and Germany.

The large retail chains that are part of the ANGED association said that allowing the sale of antigen tests in stores would be the most effective way to lower prices, without the need to set maximum prices.

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