Similar prices for self-test kits sold at pharmacies and online

Yeoh showing the Covid-19 rapid test kit using saliva that is on sale at the pharmacy in Penang.

WHETHER customers buy approved Covid-19 home self-test kits online or in-store, there should not be any price difference, several pharmacists said when interviewed.

A pharmacy manager, who wanted to be known as Yeoh, 32, said the standard rapid test kit (RTK) using saliva was selling at her place at RM39.90.

“Until now, there are no price discrepancies between those sold online or in-store.

“But we do recommend that people buy from reputable and established retail pharmacies, through walk-in or via the website.

“This is to ensure that customers get an authentic kit,” she said when met at her store in Campbell Street, Penang, on Tuesday.

A check on pharmacy websites found that stores were selling the same type and brand of kits at an average price of RM39.90 each.

“We do not encourage walk-in customers to buy self-test kits. If anyone feels sick or has symptoms, they should go straight to a clinic or the hospital.

“Most retail pharmacies cater to demand from corporations and offices who buy the kits in bulk to conduct their own testing on their employees,” she said.

Another pharmacy assistant, who declined to be named, said her store is selling self-test kits only to clinics and healthcare centres.

“We sell mostly in bulk to clinics and organisations and we do not sell to walk-in customers.

“If they want to buy the kits, they can order from us online. Our retail price is the same as the government recommended price,” she said.

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