Updated eligibility and service fees for Rapid Antigen Test kits

Updated on April 26, 2022 (Originally posted on March 5, 2022) In The News

Update - April 26: Non residents of B.C. are permitted to pick up test kits.

On April 11, 2022, the following changes to the Province's BTNX Rapid Response® COVID-19 Rapid Test kits in B.C. community pharmacies will take effect:

  • These kits are free and anyone can ask for a kit without having to have to show ID. Visitors to pharmacies can also pick up a kit for someone else. Pharmacies will hand out kits one at a time.
  • Pharmacies will no longer be required to record patient details when distributing kits.
  • Pharmacies will be paid $75 per case of kits distributed, which reflects this reduction in administrative work. Therefore, PharmaCare will remove the $5/kit service fee that was implemented Feb. 25, 2022.

Patients can pick up kits from participating pharmacies, which are listed on the BCPhA's website .

PharmaCare states it will provide details on claims and payment for the new $75 reimbursement per case of kits in an upcoming newsletter .