Rapid pharmacy tests: a pharmacist answers questions

Rapid tests in pharmacies: a pharmacist answers the questions

MISE & Agrave; DAY

The distribution of rapid tests begins tomorrow in pharmacies in Quebec. Benoit Morin, president of the Association of pharmacists owners of Quebec, answers questions about this operation.

Do I have to line up in front of my pharmarcie on Monday morning to have rapid tests? & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;

Several pharmacies have already received some of the rapid tests, but many more will be stocked during the day, and the rest of the week. “The start will be slower”, explains Benoit Morin. & Nbsp;

“I recommend that people on Monday morning not to go to the pharmacies, but to wait a little for the supply to be stabilizes “, specifies the pharmacist. & nbsp;

Some pharmacies also ask for a reservation in order to pick up their rapid tests. It is recommended to check before you go if your pharmacy requires it. & Nbsp;

How will the distribution be done? & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;

Each person can receive a box that contains five quick tests to do at home. Only one box per person per month will be provided free of charge. & Nbsp;

Each box distributed will be recorded in the patient's file. & Nbsp;

Can I go in several pharmacies to have more than one box? & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;

No, since each box distributed will be entered in the patient's file and linked to his health insurance card. & Nbsp;

Thus, even if you go to another pharmacy, it will be possible to see that tests have already been distributed to you.

It will therefore be impossible to do several places to have more tests, warns Benoit Morin. & nbsp;

Are the tests fast are reliable? & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp;

“These are tests that are sensitive when you are symptomatic. If you have symptoms and you take a test, it will give you a positive if you are, ”explains the pharmacist. & Nbsp;

However, he specifies that the test is less precise for people who do not show symptoms of COVID since the viral load is lower and therefore more difficult to detect. & nbsp;

“It still requires caution and attention to vulnerable people, and keep the measures of distancing because the rapid test is not a guarantee that you are negative if you are asymptomatic ”, underlines Benoit Morin. & nbsp;

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