All-India strike by 8.50 lakh chemists successful: AIOCD

Glen Mclaughlin
May 31, 2017

He said the chemists and druggist are opposing online sale of medicines and e-portal system introduced by the Centre under which sale of medicines should be uploaded.

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.

This is not the first time a part of the medical fraternity has gone on strike a few months ago after the brutal attack on the doctor in Dhule, another doctor was attacked by irate relatives of a deceased patient at Sion Hospital over negligence allegations.

According to the AIOCD, their several representations opposing the regulations on the sale of medicines in the country, submitted to the government, went unheeded, following which the one-day strike was called.

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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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.

Most chemist shops across India shut shop on Tuesday to protest the central government move to introduce an e-portal where the chemists would have to maintain records of their sales and purchases.In Delhi, chemist shops near big hospitals such as All India Institute of Medical Sciences and Lady Hardinge remained open.

There have been a slew of protests against the online 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.

From today midnight to tomorrow midnight all medicine stores will close across the state. In the state, Utkal Chemist and Druggist Association (UCDA) will be observing the strike.

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