Only 5 of 15 Covid-19 Self-Test Kit Suppliers Giving Rebates, Say Pharmacists

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PETALING JAYA: Pharmacists say they are not on a warpath with Putrajaya over its “overnight” decision to cap the prices of Covid-19 self- test kits.

They said they were only upset over the lack of planning in providing rebates to pharmacies which have old stocks of the kits to clear.

They said only five out of the 15 principal suppliers have agreed to give rebates for the stocks they had bought at high prices, ranging from RM22 to RM35.

The government has capped the new retail price for the self-test kits at RM19.90. The maximum price for wholesalers is RM16.

Malaysian Pharmacists Society (MPS) president Amrahi Buang said the domestic trade and consumer affairs ministry and health ministry had failed to engage them before deciding on the price cap.

“This is going to result in losses for pharmacies if no rebate is given. This is our main contention — the lack of a grace period and rebates to pharmacists with old stocks.

“We reiterate that we are neither against price controls nor on a warpath with the authorities. All we ask for is to be treated fairly so that pharmacies do not lose out,” Amrahi said in a statement today.

He also suggested that prices of the self-test kits be adjusted accordingly for Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan.

He also called upon the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), Medical Device Authority (MDA) and the domestic trade and consumer affairs ministry to curb the illegal online sale of self-test kits.


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