Price of self-test kits at pharmacies and online almost the same


Yeoh showing the Covid-19 rapid test kit that is available at her pharmacy in Penang.

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

A pharmacy manager, who wanted to be known only as Yeoh, said the standard saliva-based rapid test kit (RTK) at her shop was being sold for RM39.90.

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

“We recommend people to 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.

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 by corporations and offices who buy the kits in bulk. They conduct their own tests on their employees,” she elaborated.

A pharmacy assistant, who declined to be named, said her store was 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 government-recommended price,” she said.

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