The self-diagnosis antigen tests which are now available at 400 pharmacies in the Balearic Islands without a prescription are flying off the shelves.
From July 9-25 they sol d 11,249, according to a report by the consultancy firm, IQVIA.
Nationwide sales soared by 319.6% from July 19-25 compared to the previous week, when a prescription was required.
When customers buy a self-testing kit, the pharmacies have to give them an official invoice and an information sheet, specifying that if their test is positive, the user must self-isolate immediately and call the InfoCovid line. Healthcare Professionals will perform a PCR test to confirm the positive result.
Since the tests went on sale on July 21, 42% of them have been bought in Catalonia, compared to just 2% in the Balearic Islands.
“If sales of antigen tests are the same as last week, pharmacies will have to stock up, ”The report warns.
The self-diagnosis antigen tests require nasal or saliva test samples and usually cost 10-15 euros.