Letitia James, the attorney general of New York, urged citizens to report any instances of price gouging by retailers who were running out on children’s medications and fever reducers.
In response to a spike in coronavirus, RSV, and flu infections, the Democratic attorney general issued a consumer advisory encouraging anybody who witnesses price gouging to report it to her office due to a national scarcity of children’s medications.
According to James, a national shortage of children’s Tylenol and other medications is forcing families trying to care for sick children and babies to stay at home.
“Pricing gouging on medication is the last thing any family needs when a child spikes a fever or is in pain.
Profiteers are being warned, she said, that her office is prepared to look into any instances of sharp price rises.
She mentioned that it is against the law in New York for businesses to exploit customers by charging outrageous rates for anything necessary for the citizens of the state’s safety, health, and welfare.
James further advised customers to avoid stockpiling products that others might require and only purchase the amount of children’s medication they actually need.
When there is a shortage of medication, she continued, retailers are allowed to restrict how much they sell to specific customers.