Face masks to be sold at capped prices after deal reached – Newsbook.com.mt reports confirmed

Miguela Xuereb

A compensation package has been agreed upon for pharmacists to resume selling masks and face shields at the capped price announced by the government. Only products with the correct certification will be sold in pharmacies.

In a statement on Monday evening, the Malta Chamber of SMEs explained that the compensation package will make up for any losses that pharmacy owners may incur due to wholesale purchases made by them at prices that would not allow them to sell at the new announced price.

On Sunday, the Chamber of Pharmacists said that it had directed its members to refrain from selling masks and visors until Economy Minister Silvio Schembri clarified comments he made in connection to the capping.

The Chamber of SMEs explained that the agreement was reached following intensive discussions between Paul Abela who is the chamber’s President and Chairman of the Healthcare section and Mario Debono and the Ministry.

During the discussion it was assured that the VAT rates on personal protective equipment will be revised.

The Chamber said that pharmacists are ensuring that only products that are tested are being sold, reminding everyone that masks are medical items and should only be sold by those having a license to do so and fall under the relevant NACE code.

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