Monday, January 17

The country’s pharmacies have sold more than two million self-tests

Infection increases. The same goes for the sale of self-tests: – It is quite obvious that people are more aware of making good and safe choices, says head of the online pharmacy Farmasiet, Elisabeth Haug.

According to the Pharmacy Association, the country’s three pharmacy chains have sold more than 300,000 self-tests in the last week.

A rapid test responds to coronary heart disease within 20 minutes. On Wednesday, the Norwegian Directorate of Health recommended more frequent use of them. It may seem that the population takes the advice of the authorities seriously.

According to the Pharmacy Association, the country’s three pharmacy chains have sold more than 300,000 self-tests in the last week. From Monday to Thursday this week, 50,000-60,000 tests were sold every day.

Press contact in the Pharmacy Association Jostein Soldal says that they have seen a steady but sharp increase in sales of tests since mid-October.

– With the current infection situation, we have every reason to believe that it will continue. Now we are also entering the Christmas table season. Many will probably be sure that they do not bring infection into such contexts, says Soldal.

– Does that mean it can be sold out for tests?

– It can of course happen in individual cases. But the availability of tests is good, so it will be replenished quickly.

The self-tests are not as accurate as ordinary laboratory tests, but help to relieve the health care system.

Fivefold sales in Oslo

Soldal says that per. per capita, most tests are sold in Oslo. This is followed by Viken, Trøndelag, Troms and Finnmark.

– If we look at the whole of Norway in total, we have since last summer, when the home tests came, sold 2,040,000 of them.

Elisabeth Haug, head of the online pharmacy Farmasiet, says that they usually account for 1-2 per cent of sales in Norwegian pharmacies. For the sale of home tests, the figure is 10 percent.

Self-tests are also sold in grocery stores, hardware stores and online pharmacies.

The head of the online pharmacy Farmasiet, Elisabeth Haug, says that they have sold 40,000 self-tests in the last month.

– There is an increase of 450 percent since October. At the same time, sales of face masks have increased by 600.

Haug believes it is quite obvious that people are more aware of making good and safe choices in a period of increased infection:

– We also see that employers and other organizers buy self-tests, for example to test employees before they go to the Christmas table.

The online pharmacy Apotera writes in an email to Aftenposten that they too have sold over four times as many self-tests this month as in the whole of October. The increase is greatest in Oslo. Sales have increased fivefold.

How accurate are the self-tests?

The self-tests are not as accurate as ordinary laboratory tests, but help to relieve the health care system.

And the ones you buy in Norway should be about 95 percent safe.

If they are used in the right way by people who are actually contagious, they will most often give a correct result, assistant health director Espen Rostrup Nakstad has said to NRK.

The tests you can buy in a store or at a pharmacy are the same quick tests used in the public sector. Some of the self-tests you can buy on some websites are not as good, according to Nakstad.

The Norwegian Directorate of Health estimates that there will be a need for up to 850,000 self-tests a week in the time to come. For the time being, Norway has enough tests for all municipalities that need it, also for school testing.

In mid-December, we will receive another 10 million self-tests.

Reference-www.aftenposten.no

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