Published: Wed, May 31, 2017
Medical | By Ismael Lynch

Pharmacies to go on strike today

Pharmacies to go on strike today

Meanwhile, MDCDA President K.V. Prakash and Treasurer U.S. Harish-led 20-member team presented a signed memorandum following a signature campaign, to the Deputy Commissioner. The chemists have also said that they oppose online pharmacy.

Similarly, in Telangana around 25,000 medical shops downed their shutters as part of the protest against the "stringent" regulations on sale of medicines. Image for representation only The All India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists (AIOCD), representing around nine lakh chemists, said it has made several representations to the government against the recent changes in regulations as well as unviability of their businesses.

A 24-hour nationwide pharmacy strike was called by All India Organisation of Chemists & Druggists (AIOCD) in protest against the e-pharmacy regulations that the Central government is deliberating upon in support of online sale of drugs.

Considering the insufficient IT infrastructure across the country, it will be hard for most of the stockists, druggists and chemists to upload details of sale of medicines on the e-portal within the stipulated period.

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AN Mohanan, national vice-president of AIOCD and state president of the All-Kerala Chemists and Druggists Association, told The Hindu that they were agitating against the Union Health Ministry's e-pharmacy initiative, which would make it possible for anyone to purchase medicines online.

Odisha government today issued direction to authorities of medical college hospitals, state run hospitals and others to remain in readiness to meet the eventualities.

Shalini Rajneesh, principal secretary, Health and Family Welfare, said the drugs controller had been assured by hospitals that essential medicines would continue to be dispensed. (AIOCD), which has about eight lakh members involved in sale and distribution of medicines, had given the strike call to push for action against "illegal" e-pharmacies, according to PTI.

Mumbai: In a major blow to patients and common man, 55,000 chemists shops in Maharashtra are likely to be closed today.

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