Given the present shortage of the flu vaccine, it was only a matter of time before this happened. An enterprising company in Ft. Lauderdale Florida, Meds-Stat, has raised the price per vial of vaccine from around 70 dollars to around 900. Yeah, that's a big jump, but the reaction is what kills me.
Kansas is filing a lawsuit, claiming that they want the medicine sold at the fair-market value, not this "unconscionable" inflated value meant to gouge the consumers.
This just isn't pretty. Apparently, supply and demand is too abstract for the Kansas Attorney General to grasp. It seems he's under the impression that Meds-Stat, the owner of a quantity of vaccine, doesn't actually own them at all. Otherwise, the market price could only be what they ask for it, and what consumers are willing to accept. If people are willing to pay the inflated price, it's a fair one. If not, too bad. THeft is theft, and the "right" to someone else's property, vaccine or otherwise, is theft.
This is very much the same thing talked about in the price gouging situation in Florida. By attempting to institute a price ceiling, all that's going to happen is that consumer relief will be longer in coming.
Let the companies charge what they will for their products; if you don't like it, don't buy it. Don't try to steal what isn't yours, and above all, don't try to get the government to do the stealing for you.