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Lawmakers: Fake pharmacies price gouging on drugs
Lawmakers: 3 fake pharmacies buying scarce life-saving drugs solely for resale at big profit
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' Members of Congress investigating shortages of crucial drugs are targeting fake pharmacies allegedly set up solely to buy and resell the drugs at huge markups.

The lawmakers have written to about two dozen operators of pharmacies, requesting information about their business, particularly purchases and resale of cancer and other life-saving drugs.

Three are individuals believed to have obtained licenses to operate both a pharmacy and a prescription drug wholesale business ' solely to take advantage of the drug shortage crisis that's disrupting hospital and other patient care. Twenty others may be doing the same thing, but investigation of those companies is in an earlier stage.

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