Monday, July 06, 2009

Pharmacists try to cash in on swine flu

Fears have emerged that pharmacists are trying to cash in on the shortage of the one drug experts say can treat swine flu.

A pharmacist in Sydney's northwest has been found selling a course of 10 tablets of Tamiflu for $68.85. That is about $20 more than his four competitors who are within walking distance.

Customers are paying the price after finding that other pharmacists have run out of the tablets or do not realise they are paying too much.

"He is taking advantage of people because a lot of people need this," the mother of a nine-year-old boy who was prescribed Tamiflu said yesterday.

"I went there after another chemist had none but I didn't realise I was paying more. He has hiked up the price because there is not enough around."

Even one of his competitors expressed surprise yesterday at how much the pharmacist was charging, saying it was "a bit steep". ...more

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