We tend to forget it and yet: the Covid-19 epidemic is still there, with around 90,000 new cases in France this week. Unsurprisingly, the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus circulates in particular in collective places which welcome children, that is to say in schools, colleges, nurseries and outdoor centres.
To screen for Covid-19 in children, many parents turn to specific self-tests: these antigenic tests specially designed for children (from the age of 3) can be purchased in pharmacies.
The price of self-tests for adults will not change
Precisely: this Wednesday, April 20, 2022, the Ministry of Health published a stop which authorizes pharmacies to sell these self-tests for children at a higher price. Thus, their maximum price goes from 4.10 euros to 5.20 euros.
Of course, this does not mean that all pharmacies will increase the price of self-tests for children; however, this increase is permitted. Note: the decree of April 20, 2022 does not concern the price of self-tests for adults.
The Ministry of Health justifies this decision by speaking of “higher manufacturing costs than [les autotests] intended for adults although their market share is lower“. For pharmacists, this order is of course good news: it will “properly remunerate the investment“professionals and”rewarding French innovation” according to Philippe Besset, president of the Federation of Pharmaceutical Unions of France (FSPF).
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