posted on Oct, 21 2004 @ 06:37 PM
Just when you thought the flu vaccine shortage might be under control with additional doses being delivered and talks underway to purchase doses from
Canada, 2 distributers in Texas have been charged with price gouging by marking up the vaccine by over 1000%
Texas charged two distributors of the scarce influenza vaccine on Thursday with price gouging, saying they hiked the price of the medicine by more
than 1,000 percent.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said in a news release his office filed suit against Meds-Stat, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Dubin Medical Inc.
of San Diego, for "unconscionable pricing of the critical vaccine and for perpetrating fraud in the face of a health care challenge in Texas."
The distributors are suspected of trying to sell Texas hospitals 10-dose vials of the vaccine, which would typically cost between $65 and $80 each,
for as much as $950, according to the suit filed in a Harris County, Texas court.
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Is this just the tip of the iceburg regarding price gouging with flu vaccines? I say take all the supply these distributers had and give them out
free to people that can't afford a shot.
[edit on 21-10-2004 by Banshee]