The White House said in September that customers would be able to buy the BinaxNow kits, two-packs of which retail for about $23, at Walmart, Kroger and Amazon for up to a 35% discount, a savings of roughly $8, for three months.
That deal lapsed in December. On Tuesday, a BinaxNow two-pack cost $19.88 on Walmart’s website and $23.99 on Kroger’s website. The kits were unavailable on Amazon’s website. (The company did not immediately respond to request for comment on prices.)
Costlier tests may make it harder for some people to afford them. Epidemiologists and other health experts say that tests need to be inexpensive — as they are in much of Europe — to encourage people to use them regularly.
Higher prices on test kits are the latest challenge for Americans struggling to get tested.