Becerra, 19 other AGs ask 3M to help prevent price gouging

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Becerra, 19 other AGs ask 3M to help prevent price gouging

Xavier Becerra. | Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and 19 other companies are calling on 3M to prevent price increases for respirators and other personal protective equipment that governments and healthcare providers find it difficult to acquire during the coronavirus pandemic.

Headed by Mark Herring, Attorney General of Virginia, officials from 19 states and the District of Columbia 3M CEO Michael Roman asked today cease trading with traders who violate company policies prohibiting price hollowing out; Creation of a database with 3M’s inventory of N95 respirators for governments and healthcare providers; and provide more information about how 3M distributes its inventory and executes orders.

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The AGs thank 3M for pledging to keep prices for respirators constant, but cite hollows from other companies.

“While 3M is committed to maintaining the same prices for N95 respirators, others are asking prices that are incomprehensible on the market,” they write. “Our offices have been flooded with complaints from consumers and healthcare providers about inflated prices for PPE and other goods since the outbreak of COVID-19.”

California Governor Gavin Newsom announced a $ 990 million contract with Chinese company BYD this month to deliver hundreds of millions of masks a month. He initially said that most of the N95 would be with some surgical masks, although his staff didn’t release any contract details because they said they fear the deal could be disrupted. It is not clear how much the state pays per mask.

The other attorneys general are from Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and the District of Columbia.

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