Long cautions South Dakotans on pricing of influenza vaccines

Long cautions South Dakotans on pricing of influenza vaccines Attorney General Larry Long has announced that consumers should be on the alert for possible price gouging by either distributors or providers of the flu vaccine.

"Currently we have not had any complaints on price gouging in South Dakota," said Long. "With the flu season upon us and the nationwide shortage, the opportunity to defraud is present."

Last week Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline filed suit against Fort Lauderdale-based Meds-Stat, alleging that Med-Stats proposed to deliver and sell a vial of five doses of flu vaccine to a Kansas City, KS, pharmacy for $900 with the knowledge that the vaccine was to be used in a "nursing home." On Oct. 1, the price for the same vial was listed as $85.

South Dakotans who suspect price gouging should contact theConsumer Protection Division at 1-800-300-1986.

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