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.