Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro stopped two medical supply companies from price gouging during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has already infected more than 4.9 million people and killed 160,000 across the United States as of August 7.
According to Attorney General Shapiro, American Surgical Supply and Keystone Medical Equipment have agreed to settle allegations that both companies were taking advantage of the pandemic to rip off consumers.
American Surgical Supply and Keystone Medical Equipment caught the attention of the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office following tips that both companies are selling N95 face masks for an unreasonably high price.
An investigation found that American Surgical Supply sold 485 face masks for as much as $26 each while Keystone Medical Equipment sold 122 face masks for up to $28 per piece. The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office determined that both medical supply companies violated the Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law and the Pennsylvania Price Gouging Act.