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State AG warns about price gouging during shortage of children's pain meds

A woman stands outside at a microphone and addresses a crowd.
Attorney General Letitia James speaking to a crowd of people outside,, August 10th, 2019

New York State Attorney General Letitia James is warning consumers and businesses about price gouging of children's medication. The so-called tripledemic of COVID-19, RSV and the flu is causing severe shortages of painkillers and fever reducers for kids.

The attorney general's office said in a release it's aware of the reports detailing how the medications are being sold online and in stores at prices two to three times their retail value.

James urges New Yorkers to be alert and to report any dramatic price increases to her office.

"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," James said in the release. "I am putting profiteers seeking to take advantage of this shortage on notice.

She reminds residents that retailers have the right to limit the amount of medication sold to consumers. It's advised only to buy the needed medication and not to stock up in supply due to the shortage.

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