The Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) found signs of unfair competition in the Samson Pharma and Doctor Stoletov pharmacy chains in Moscow when selling medical masks.
In particular, the antimonopoly authorities found that in the Samson Pharma and Doctor Stoletov pharmacies, medical masks were sold to citizens only in quantities of at least five and only in conjunction with other goods, which consumer did not want to purchase initially. For example, on April 9, in several pharmacies of the Samson Pharma network, medical masks could only be bought along with antibacterial agents and a vitamin complex containing vitamin C. If the consumer needed more than five masks, he needed to buy two or more sets. The price of such sets depended on the configuration and varied from 600 to 800 rubles. If a consumer refused to purchase a complete set, he was denied the purchase of masks as well.
A similar situation was revealed on April 10 at the Doctor Stoletov pharmacy chain. An offer was also recorded to buy masks exclusively complete with other goods. Kits could include antibacterials and a vitamin complex containing vitamin C, gloves, and other products. The price, depending on the configuration, ranged from 520 rubles to 1220 rubles.
The antimonopoly authority qualifies such actions as containing signs of unfair competition, network owners are warned about the need to terminate them. Ekaterina Solovyeva, the head of the Moscow division of FAS has commented on the issue: - "This is unacceptable behaviour on the part of individuals who must ensure continuous access of citizens to personal protective equipment in the current situation. The establishment of such conditions for the purchase of medical masks and other goods now necessary for citizens is unacceptable and will be prevented in every way by the antimonopoly authority".
If the pharmacy owners do not comply with the warnings of the antimonopoly authority, an antitrust case will be instituted against the companies, and they might face a fine of up to 500 thousand rubles.