A pharmacy chain has sparked outrage after their stores significantly increased prices for Paracetamol and Calpol bottles.
A box of 32 paracetamol tablets, which normally cost £1 were being sold for £9.99. A bottle of 200ml Calpol, usually priced at around £6.50, was increased to £19.99.
The Jhoots Pharmacy, on Aylestone Road in Leicester, inflated their prices in response to the panic-buying due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The price increase has caused outrage in the local community and many shoppers have taken to social media to voice their anger.
One shopper said: “‘I think it is outrageous that at a time of a national crisis when we all should be working together, that there is these exploitative pricing in deprived parts of the country.”
Another shopper added: “Absolutely despicable. A lot of people can’t drive and rely on local pharmacies for their medical needs. Shameful.”
In response to the outrage, Jhoots Pharmacy has promised to refund customers who paid the inflated prices.
A statement from Jhoots Pharmacy said: “It has been brought to our attention that pricing disparities occurred yesterday at a small number of our branches.”
“We have acted immediately and conducted a thorough investigation into this matter and have found that following an erroneous communication, price increases were made at branch level.”
“In order to rectify the issue we will make full refunds to our customers affected by this and have taken all appropriate action to ensure that this does not happen again.”
“We will continue to maintain our focus of serving our customers to the best of our ability during a very busy and challenging period.”