Self-tests: behind the scenes of the battle between pharmacists and distributors


STORY – Pharmacists have pressured to retain exclusivity on these kits to detect Covid-19, on sale a priori from Monday.

Everywhere. Pharmacists had lost the battle for masks, they have just won the battle for self-tests. The large distribution hoped to offer its customers these new diagnostic tools that individuals can use themselves at home. It must be said that on March 14, two days before the favorable opinion of the High Authority for Health, the Director General of Health, Jérôme Salomon, had given them a glimpse of such a possibility. “It will be fairly easy to access. The principle of the self-test is precisely that we can have it as a family, he had explained. It will be in supermarkets, in pharmacies in any case if it is the easiest, it will be very easy to organize.

In the process and without waiting for an official green light, Carrefour had reserved a million and made it known. “Since the start of this crisis, we have been doing our utmost to enable our customers to protect their health“, Declared the group on Twitter on March 17, photos of the tests in support: 20,000 boxes

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