9 lakh chemists across India on strike today

AIOCD strikes on May 30 against e-pharmacy

AIOCD strikes on May 30 against e-pharmacy

Chemists had served advanced notice to the government on May 27 putting across their concerns and informing it about the strike, the Times of India reported.

The dispensation of medicines only under the supervision of Pharmacist, stern measures to prevent narcotic and psychotropic medicines falling into the hands of young people, ensuring availability of life saving drugs in rural areas and elimination of confusions in the renewal of pharmacy licences, were some of the demands among others.

Since the past one year, despite representations to the government, there has been no response, necessitating Tuesday's nationwide one-day token strike.

Bhubaneswar: Medicine stores will remain closed for 24 hours starting midnight today following a strike called by All India Organisation of Chemist and Druggist across the country. Pharmacies in private hospitals will cater only to in-patients. The government wants us to feed all information related to sale of medicines on a portal. Anand Chandigarh Chemists' Association adds that if this e-portal is imposed upon chemists, they will end up uploading bills and prescriptions all the day rather than selling medicines, which would compromise sales.

They say it is a risky scenario and can lead to counterfeiting and irrational usage of medicines which could lead to drug reactions. (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. Meanwhile, the state administration has deemed the protest as invalid, sending out instructions of taking strict action against those shutting down their shops.

Tamil Nadu Chemists and Druggists Association General Secretary Natarajan said almost 20,000 of the 30,000 medical shops in the state remained closed. In the state, Utkal Chemist and Druggist Association (UCDA) will be observing the strike. The remaining shops were open, but employees wore black badges in protest.

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