SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ — A pharmacy in Monroe Township was fined for advertising COVID-19 take a look at kits that had been not licensed for at-house use, Performing Lawyer Typical Matthew J. Platkin claimed. The Division of Consumer Affairs imposed penalties towards Sayreville Pharmacy in Monroe and three other folks for alleged client safety violations in the sale of COVID-19 checks.
Sayreville Pharmacy has been questioned to fork out a high-quality of $5,000.
“COVID tests, in addition to vaccination, has been important to New Jersey’s new return to normalcy,” Platkin explained. “Even though New Jersey citizens have joined jointly in preventing COVID-19, unfortunately there are even now some companies searching for to gain unlawfully from the pandemic. Two several years immediately after the pandemic arrived in New Jersey, we still have zero tolerance for these kinds of carry out.”
The Notices of Violation (NOVs) are the newest spherical of enforcement steps taken to defend buyers from people looking for to financial gain from the pandemic.
The other a few pharmacies are Valley Pharmacy in Succasunna (Morris County), Iselin Pharmacy in the Iselin portion of Woodbridge and Wellcare Pharmacy in Union City.
Valley Pharmacy and Iselin Pharmacy are also accused by the Division of Purchaser Affairs of providing COVID-19 check kits to the typical general public that were not approved for at-dwelling use.
The Union Town pharmacy was provided a different penalty: The state reported it sold COVID antigen check kits without the value evidently marked. This could border on selling price gouging, claimed the state.
“The Division is dedicated to enforcing the guidelines in put to protect buyers from unprincipled merchants,” Performing Director Sean P. Neafsey mentioned. “We will continue on to review and examine problems to preserve the market reasonable and truthful.”
To date, the Division of Consumer Affairs has sent 1,961 stop-and-desist letters to retailers suspected of price tag gouging and other unconscionable business enterprise practices through the coronavirus pandemic.
The state has also issued 100 subpoenas searching for added details in its investigations of alleged violations of the Buyer Fraud Act through the pandemic. This past January, the Division sent more than 50 warning letters to NJ businesses that marketed COVID-19 check kits. All 50 of those people firms had been noted by the public as rate gouging.
Buyers who consider they have been cheated or scammed by a enterprise, or suspect any other variety of shopper abuse, can file an online complaint with the Division on-line or by contacting 1-800-242-5846 to acquire a grievance kind by mail.
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