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Consumer Council tracks wildly varying RAT kit prices

Depending on brand, kits can cost from MOP 8 to 39; city’s stock of KN95 masks monitored daily on Pharmaceutical Administration Bureau website.

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Depending on brand, kits can cost from MOP 8 to 39; city’s stock of KN95 masks monitored daily on Pharmaceutical Administration Bureau website.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 4:43 am

The price of rapid antigen test (RAT) kits in Macao varies wildly, from MOP 8 to 39, a survey by the consumer council (CC) has found.

The survey covered 60 pharmacies across the city and was published on the Macao Price Information Platform mobile app and website.

According to the report released on the Macao Price Information Platform, the prices for different brands of the rapid antigen test kits at the 60 pharmacies ranged from MOP 8 to 39.

The Livzon brand from Zhuhai was the cheapest at MOP 8 while Banitore from Hong Kong cost MOP 39.

The CC urged consumers to only buy RAT kits approved by the Pharmaceutical Supervision and Administration Bureau from reputable pharmacies, adding that consumers should check whether the packaging is complete, as well as verify their validity and details on the packaging when they buy the kits. It also urged the public to save the purchase receipts, and not to buy RAT kits from unknown sources, and.

In related news, the Pharmaceutical Administration Bureau (ISAF) publishes information on the stock of KN95 masks in the city’s pharmacies on its website (only available in Chinese).

The site is updated every two hours, and a survey will be conducted daily from 9 am to 9 pm in line with most pharmacies’ opening hours,  The Macau Post Daily reported.

Prices range from MOP 2 to 5 in pharmacies, and they are also available in various other retail outlets. Therefore, “it is not necessary to stock up and purchase too many at once”, the bureau pointed out.

 

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 4:43 am

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