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Pharmacy Guild chief: It's up to retailers to set price point on RATs

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Publish Date
Thu, 3 Mar 2022, 8:37am
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Photo / NZ Herald

Pharmacy Guild chief: It's up to retailers to set price point on RATs

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 3 Mar 2022, 8:37am

Pharmacists say they're not out to rip people off when it comes to Rapid Antigen Tests. 

A Consumer New Zealand survey found the price varies from $6.40 to $19 dollars a test. 

In Australia, it's illegal to sell them for more than a 20 percent mark-up. 

Pharmacy Guild chief executive, Andrew Gaudin, told Mike Hosking competition laws mean it's up to independent retailers where they set their price point. 

“We'd expect in this market, being a public good that most will set a fair and reasonable price and we think that the monitoring that’s being done is a good thing.” 

People with symptoms or household contacts can also access free tests at testing stations or, from today, on the Ministry of Health RAT requester website. 

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