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Forest Hills Pharmacy Hit With up to $12,000 in Fines for Price Gouging

Burns Pharmacy was hit with 24 violations of raising prices on hand sanitizer and face masks. Photo: Tai’s Captures,

April 9, 2020 By Michael Dorgan

A Forest Hills pharmacy has been hit with a lawsuit for hiking up prices during the coronavirus pandemic.

Burns Pharmacy, located at 68-04 Burns St., is one of three stores accused of price gouging. The store was hit with 24 violations of raising prices on hand sanitizer and face masks and has been slapped with up to $12,000 in fines.

The other two stores facing charges were Hong Kong Supermarket and Thomas Drugs that are both located in Manhattan, according to the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection.

“Taking advantage of New Yorkers in a crisis is unacceptable,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said yesterday when announcing the fines.

“Don’t even think about price gouging in our city. We won’t stand for it, and we will hold you fully accountable,” he said.

Mayor Bill de Blasio. Photo: NYC Mayors Office

DCWP said that it is actively inspecting stores based on consumer complaints.

Violations will be issued on any businesses that are found to be overcharging consumers by 10 percent or more for items or services that are needed to fight or treat the spread of COVID-19, DCWP said.

Since March 5, DCWP said it has received more than 7,200 complaints and issued more than 2,700 violations for price gouging, according to the agency.

DCWP said that it encourages consumers who are overcharged to file a complaint at or by contacting 311 and saying “overcharge.”

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Sara Ross

I think a Russian owns this pharmacy (don’t they all?) and he should be checked to see how much he has scammed from Medicare and Medicaid billing for things he never sold. You gauge prices, you should be deported for breaking the law. Just a thought.

Pharma Bro

The Pharmacy on Metropolitan Ave & 72 Ave is gauging. $30 for hand sanitizer!
Someone please report them. I have and there hasn’t been anything done. Perhaps if more people submit complaints they will act on it.


Burns Pharmacy. What a nice American name! Oh but the President… Nison Shakarov.

More immigrant parasites feeding on the corpse of America. How much you want to bet a lot of Medicaid fraud happens at Burns as well?

Alma de Cubano

Boycott these greedy dogs.

Teach them how we behave in our city; this is unacceptable, and they have to pay.

Eugene Sedita

Mr. Mayor Bill is doing a super job of looking out for all of us brothers and sisters.


I guess you’re drinking all day because that is the furthest from the truth or I truly hope this is sarcasm because this man has screwed up so bad and every death in the city falls squarely on his head.


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