A Levittown pharmacy is paying up after the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office accused them of price gouging N-95 masks during the pandemic.
Anonymous tips alerted the AG’s Office to N-95 masks sold at Yorke Pharmacy, Inc. at much higher prices than before the pandemic.
Court documents say Yorke Pharmacy, on New Falls Road, sold 30 of these masks for 20 dollars each.
“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,” said PA AG Josh Shapiro. “Pennsylvanians need security and financial protection right now, especially when so many have lost wages and millions are out of work. You have a right in Pennsylvania to purchase life-saving goods at reasonable prices in times like these.”
To qualify as price gouging, the item must have a price more than 20 percent higher than before an emergency declaration.
The Pharmacy agreed to pay $1,500 dollars in civil penalties. Additionally, the must pay back $210 to any customer who bought one of these masks at the increased price.
Consumers who believe they purchased an N-95 mask from Yorke’s Pharmacy after March 6th can apply for restitution online at attorneygeneral.gov. Victims must submit their complaint by September 8, 2020.