Irish pharmacy criticised for charging €150 for packet of face masks 2 months ago

Irish pharmacy criticised for charging €150 for packet of face masks

The move has been labelled "pure greed".

Irish pharmacy group Hickey's Pharmacy has been criticised for seemingly charging extortionate prices for face masks, as fears escalate over the spread of coronavirus in Ireland.

On Tuesday, a video captured by a member of the public began circulating on social media, alleging that a branch of the pharmacy is selling packets of face masks for a fee of €150.

Sharing the video on Twitter, TD Paul Murphy labelled the manoeuvre "pure greed" while calling for price limitations to be immediately put in place.

"€150 for a pack of face masks? That is pure greed," Murphy began.

"We all have a family member who is at risk from the coronavirus. They deserve better than to be ripped off like this. We need to stop those trying to make a quick buck from panic and fear.

"We need price controls now," Murphy concluded.

Hickey's Pharmacy did not respond to requests for comment on the matter.