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James looking for price gouging amid medical shortage

Dec 27, 2022 12:56 pm

The Adirondack Daily Enterprise reports that on Dec. 26 New York Attorney General Letitia James asked the state’s residents to report any price gouging by stores facing shortages of painkillers and fever reducers for children. An increase of cases of the coronavirus, Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection, and the flu, have caused a national shortage of medication for youngsters. James said, “This year’s tripledemic is keeping many kids and babies sick at home, and families trying to care for them are confronting the national shortage of children’s Tylenol and other medication.... The last thing any family needs when a child spikes a fever or is in pain is to be price gouged on the medication they need.” New York does have a law prohibiting merchants from setting unconscionably high prices for anything vital to the safety, health, and welfare of state residents. James also said consumers should not hoard children's medicine, and retailers can limit the amount of medication that they sell to individual consumers when there is a shortage. Read the full story in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.

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