suppliers exploiting shortage
Bradley calls for investigation to protect
Adam Bradley today called for an investigation into the price
gouging on limited flu vaccines.
for some companies to try to turn a quick buck off of young children
and seniors who really need their flu shots," Bradley said. "We
must act quickly to get to the bottom of this through an investigation
by the Attorney General. And we must develop a plan to protect
our most vulnerable and make sure that companies don't cash in
on the flu-shot shortage."
According to the
Journal News, Westchester County received only 4,000 of the roughly
8,000 vaccines it ordered and has already given out 1,000. For
more information, please contact the Westchester County Department
of Health Flu-Info Line at 813-5609.
"I've heard stories about vaccine suppliers hiking prices for
hospitals and pharmacies by as much as 10 times its original
value," Bradley said. "It's as if they've forgotten that for some,
this vaccine can be the difference between life and death."
With news of limited
flu vaccine supplies spreading, hospitals and clinics are seeing
more people showing up for shots. However, hospitals and physicians
continue to remind us that the young, elderly and ill should be
given first priority when it comes to being vaccinated.
"First, we must do
all we can to get the vaccine to those who need it most and an
investigation is a good place to start," said Bradley. "I'll continue
to fight for legal and legislative means to prevent providers
of the flu vaccine from making an already bad situation worse."