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Coronavirus: Three pharmacies in Dubai fined for hiking up prices

Pharmacies in Jumeirah, Al Khawaneej and Mirdif had over-inflated prices of face masks and sanitisers

Coronavirus: Three pharmacies in Dubai fined for hiking up prices

Three pharmacies in Dubai have been fined for altering the prices of dace masks and sanitisers.

The Commercial Compliance and Consumer Protection (CCP) section of Dubai Economy discovered the anomalies at pharmacies in Jumeirah, Al Khawaneej and Mirdif.

Two were found to have over-inflated the price of face masks, while the third had sold sanitisers at a higher price and without invoicing.

A statement from Dubai Economy said: “A repeat offence would attract double the fines and may lead to closing down the outlet.”

Businesses are being urged to refrain from taking advantage of the current situation, while Dubai Economy has appealed to pharmacies and other medical equipment suppliers to reduce the price of items such as face masks, sanitisers.

Consumers can report any price manipulation or negative practice to Dubai Economy through the call centre number 600 54 5555, the ‘Dubai Consumer’ app, or on the consumer rights website.

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