Cheaper Flowflex ART kits now available at all Unity pharmacy stores, selected FairPrice supermarkets
SINGAPORE — Low-cost Flowflex antigen rapid test (ART) kits was rolled out at all Unity pharmacy stores and 90 FairPrice supermarkets from Friday (Dec 10).
SINGAPORE — Low-cost Flowflex antigen rapid test kits was rolled out at all Unity pharmacy stores and 90 FairPrice supermarkets from Friday (Dec 10).
A single test kit will cost S$4.90, while a box of five is priced at S$24 and a box of 25 costs S$117.50.
In comparison, other brands are priced at at least S$13 for a single test kit.
FairPrice said in a press release that these kits are available from Friday at selected Cheers and FairPrice Xpress convenience stores, including outlets at hospitals.
More convenience stores, including those at Esso service stations and other high-traffic areas, will be included next week.
Alcotech, the Singapore distributor of the Flowflex test kits, told TODAY that it expects the product to be sold at Watsons toiletries store, Guardian pharmacy and Sheng Siong supermarket. Stocks are estimated to be available from the end of the month to the first two months of next year.
The Flowflex kit is manufactured by United States-based diagnostic and medical devices firm Acon Laboratories.
It was authorised for use in Singapore by the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) on Nov 8 this year under the Pandemic Special Access Route for critical new medical products during a pandemic.
Including Flowflex, there are now 11 approved Covid-19 self-test swabbing kits in Singapore.
Last month, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said that Flowflex is among a number of cheaper kits that the authorities would be introducing here.
Flowflex was first introduced to the market that month but its initial stock quickly sold out within three days.
FairPrice said on Friday that it would monitor consumer demand and bring in supplies and relevant products for Singaporeans.
Two other brands of kits — Alltest and Indicaid — have met Singapore’s quality standards and are undergoing registration with the HSA. Mr Ong said then that he hoped these kits would eventually be priced below S$5 each.
As of Friday, the HSA has yet to include either of the two brands on its lists of approved kits.
Guardian pharmacy said that the Flowflex kits will be available at its stores from next week onwards.
"We are constantly reviewing the approved list of brands by the HSA and will bring in new stock accordingly," it added.
TODAY has asked Watsons, as well as Sheng Siong and the Dairy Farm Group — which operates supermarkets such as Cold Storage and Giant — on whether they will be carrying the Flowflex test kits.