Operators of shops and convenience stores are coming under fire from members of the public, for the exorbitant hike in the price of Panadol – a popular brand of paracetamol, used to treat symptoms of the Chikungunya virus.
Members of the public are saying that over the past week, several establishments have marked up the price of the product, some as high at 120%.
It’s reported that prior to the increase in Chik-V cases, a strip of Panadol was being sold for an average J$40.00, where as now some places are selling it for as high as J$90.00
Communications Specialist at the Consumer Affairs Commission, (CAC) Dorothy Campbell, says the agency has received complaints about the price movement.
The CAC is urging the public to assist with the probe to identify those engaged in price gouging.