Chemists down shutters, warn of indefinite strike

Kathleen Mckinney
May 31, 2017

In a respite, medicine stores located inside the campus of government and private hospitals will remain open, the Utkal Chemists and Druggists Association said. The chemists have said that they oppose online pharmacies since they being a threat to their own business.

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.

Shinde said AIOCD members were also unhappy with government's plan to make it mandatory for all retailers and chemists to register, and provide all details of the medicines received, sold and returned to the manufacturer.

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.

As many as 28,000 chemists and druggists spread across Karnataka state will join their hands with All India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists for a nation wide strike on May 30, 2017.

Notably, now there are total 17 thousand medicine store in Odisha.

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.

Prashant Tandon, President of the Indian Internet Pharmacy Association (IIPA) and Founder of online pharma portal 1mg, believes that the present government is committed to reforming India's healthcare sector. If online medicine business is not stopped or regulated properly then it could wipe out the employment and income of the pharmacy trade outlets in the country. (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.

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