Antigen kit sample from Watsons
Recognizing the importance of widespread testing, Watsons now sells FDA-certified COVID-19 antigen test kits with a price range of P399 to P500 in all stores nationwide.
The testing kits are for administering by medical professionals such as doctors, nurses, and medical technologists and will require medical prescription. The required specifications set by the Health Technology Assessment Council (HTAC) are at 80 percent sensitivity and 97 percent specificity and these test kits can deliver at least 95 percent sensitivity and 99.2 percent specificity.
“As more people head out to work, school and gatherings, Watsons knows that antigen test kits are important in helping reduce transmission,” says Maita A. Santiago, Watsons Philippines customer director. “Watsons is taking a proactive role as the Philippines continues to fight this pandemic. Tools such as antigen testing kits help provide important information and serve as a guide so the public will know what steps to take,”
Having antigen testing available, means more people will have access to affordable and effective testing options, which can result in fewer transmissions. The antigen test kits will use saliva as the indicator for the presence of the virus and results can be seen in 30 minutes or less.
For more information and counseling, you can ask your Watsons pharmacist.