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Tri-State Hospitals Getting Calls From Vendors

Hospitals say some vendors trying to sell flu vaccine at high prices

Hospital officials say some vendors are trying to sell them flu vaccine at high prices during the shortage. Hospitals in the Cincinnati area say they have been contacted by vendors who want to sell flu vaccine at up to ten times to the regular price. TriHealth - which owns Good Samaritan and Bethesda North Hospitals - says it was recently offered a ten-dose vial of flu vaccine for 900 dollars. That compares with the usual price of 80 to 100 dollars. TriHealth spokesman Joe Kelley says the hospitals won't pay those prices. A national survey by a pharmacists' organization found that about 55 percent of hospital pharmacists have been contacted by vendors offering flu vaccine at inflated prices since the shortage began last month.

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