Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced that the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General has shut down price gouging efforts at Yorke Pharmacy, Inc. in Levittown, Pennsylvania.
“We won’t tolerate illegal price gouging during this emergency, and we’re taking action every day to stop it—here in Levittown and across Pennsylvania. Pennsylvanians need security and financial protection right now, especially when so many have lost wages and millions are out of work.” said Attorney General Shapiro. “You have a right in Pennsylvania to purchase life-saving goods at reasonable prices in times like these. If you see suspicious price increases on products like groceries and medicine, I encourage you to email email@example.com and fill out a complaint form so we can put a stop to price gouging.”
The Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General entered into an Assurance of Voluntary Compliance (AVC) with Yorke Pharmacy after the Office received tips alleging that the store was selling N95 respirator facemasks (facemasks) for unlawful prices. The Office learned that Yorke Pharmacy sold 30 facemasks for $20 each.
Under the Price Gouging Act, a price increase of more than 20 percent during a declared state of emergency is considered price gouging. The AVC requires Yorke Pharmacy to pay $1,500 in civil penalties, in addition to restitution of $210.00 for consumers who purchased the facemasks. Yorke Pharmacy also agreed to fully comply with all provisions of the Pennsylvania Price Gouging Act.
Consumers who purchased facemasks from Yorke Pharmacy may be eligible for restitution if they paid more than they should have. In order to be considered for restitution, consumers should file a consumer complaint form at https://www.attorneygeneral.gov and attach a copy of their receipt showing they purchased the facemasks between March 6, 2020 and July 9, 2020. Complaints must be submitted by September 8, 2020 to be considered.