Price Gouging Stopped at Westmoreland County Pharmacy

Hand Sanitizer and Facemasks
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By NewsRadio 1020 KDKA

State Attorney General Josh Shapiro said his office has stopped price gouging of COVID-19 related supplies by a local pharmacy.

Shapiro said his office acted on tips that The Medicine Shoppe in Jeanette was selling face masks and two ounce bottles of hand sanitizer at unlawful prices.

According to information released by Shapiro, the Medicine Shoppe sold the masks and sanitizer over 267 transactions at more than 20% higher than the average price for the same products prior to the COVID-19 emergency declaration.

The state's Price Gouging Act prevents products from jumping in price more than 20% in the time of an emergency declaration.

“Since March my office has been hard at work holding those who would take advantage of the pandemic to make a profit accountable. Our work has not slowed or stopped. We are still in a state of emergency, and for as long as that remains the case, Pennsylvanians have a right to purchase life-saving goods at reasonable prices. I want to encourage Pennsylvanians who see suspicious price increases on products like groceries and medicine to contact my office.”

Shapiro said his office and the Medicine Shoppe have entered into an Assurance of Voluntary compliance and customers who purchased the products and paid more than they should have may be eligible to get their money back.

To determine eligibility, consumer must file a complaint form along with a copy of their receipt. Products had to have been purchased between March 6, 2020 and September 9, 2020.

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