Use of rapid COVID-19 tests in community pharmacies or at home is not currently advised, according to a terse statement from Public Health England issued on March 15.
Pharmacy Network News asked PHE to clarify its position on self-testing by pharmacy teams last week after London-based Pharmadoctor started advertising the availability of COVID-19 tests for use by community pharmacists on themselves and their staff members. The company is charging £175 for a kit containing 30 of the tests, which are manufactured in Ireland.
Pharmadoctor says the kits are not for pharmacies to test their customers, and the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency has warned that the Pharmacy Team test kits must not be sold to members of the public.
PHE’s current view is that use of commercially available tests is not advised because: