Summary Box: Fake pharmacies may be profiteering

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Posted: Mar 21, 2012 5:10 PM
Summary Box: Fake pharmacies may be profiteering

SHELL GAME: Members of Congress are investigating "fake pharmacies" allegedly set up solely to buy crucial drugs in short supply and resell them at huge markups.

CONGRESSIONAL PROBE: Two senators and a congressman are targeting three people they believe got licenses to operate both a pharmacy and a prescription drug wholesale business just to take advantage of the drug shortage crisis. Another 19 companies may be doing this, too.

SCARCE DRUGS: Hospital care is being disrupted by shortages of 268 prescription medicines, from cancer drugs and anesthesia to painkillers and antibiotics.