All-India strike by 8.50 lakh chemists successful: AIOCD

Toni Houston
May 31, 2017

The regulatory body advised private and government hospitals to stock up on medicines so that patients do not suffer as a result of the strike.

Around 8.50 lakh retail chemists, druggists and pharmacies today observed a nation- wide day-long strike to press for their various demands, a senior official of All India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists (AIOCD) said here.

Aizawl ( Mizoram chemists today joined a 24-hour nationwide chemists strike called by All India Organisation of Chemists & Druggists (AIOCD) to protest against the stringent regulations on the sale of medicines.

The reports also add that the organization had several advance notices to the Prime Minister's office, the health ministry, the home ministry and the Central Drugs Standard control organization. "Though online purchase of medicine is legal in advanced countries, in our country with low computer literacy and extremely weak regulation of the drug industry, the initiative will have serious consequences for public health", he told The Hindu.

Ina country like India, this is an entirely wrong idea where it will have long-term repercussions. The medicine stores under the Utkal Chemists and Druggists Association have extended its support to the strike.

Utkal Chemist and Drugist Association in the state also supporting this stir.

AIOCD president Jagannath Shinde said, "The association believes that the proposal of e-portal will lead to scarcity of medicines in the country", reported The Indian Express.

"Over 60 per cent rural India has no qualified doctors, and now the government has stipulated sale of medicines only through a prescription by a qualified medico, as one of the conditions in the e-portal". On 12 April, over 40,000 medicine shops in Bihar shut shop. They have stated that their main demand included a complete stop to online business by e-Pharmacies, which are carrying out sales in violation of Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940.

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