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Media and Political Bulletin – 22 June 2020

Media and Political Bulletin

22 June 2020

Lord Bethell Thank You Letter to the Healthcare Distribution Sector, 17 June 2020

Please see here for a letter from Lord Bethell, Minister of Innovation at DHSC, thanking all staff in the healthcare distribution sector for their hard work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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UK retailers face probe into Covid price profiteering

Financial Times, Daniel Thomas, 19 June 2020

The Financial Times reports that the Competition and Markets Authority said on Friday that an investigation into potential profiteering from hand sanitiser sales would look at four pharmacies and convenience stores in the UK. It said the probe was at an early stage and did not name the companies involved.

This is the first intervention into excessive pricing or price gouging case resulting from the pandemic, according to Matthew Hall, a competition lawyer at McGuireWoods, the law firm. “This looks like a warning shot to small retailers with a dominant position in local areas,” he said.

The CMA received 21,000 complaints between March 10 and April 19 related to Covid-19, with the average price increase about 130 per cent. For hand sanitisers, this rose to an average of 367 per cent.

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UK retailers face probe into Covid price profiteering

Financial Times, Daniel Thomas, 19 June 2020

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Media and Political Bulletin – 22 June 2020

From Factory to Pharmacy

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