Chemists shut shop across Delhi to protest govts eportal regulation

Chemists shut shop across Delhi to protest govts eportal regulation

Chemists shut shop across Delhi to protest govts eportal regulation

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. The government wants us to feed all information related to sale of medicines on a portal. More than eight lakh chemists have participated in the strike opposing online pharmacies, which they believe will encourage the sale of fake drugs, reported PTI.

According to the retail chemist shop owners, verification of drug quality in online retail is hard and the sale of psychotropic substances will also increase online.

Chemists insist that the implementation of e-portal will also put into question the veracity of the medicines requested by the consumers, and it will also create further logistical issues. It has been learned that the AIOCD will also hold a demonstration at Jantar Mantar in Delhi.

In view of the strike, the state government has directed authorities of government hospitals to be in readiness with medicine stock under the Niramaya scheme, informed Health secretary Pramod Kumar Meherda.

If you have been trying to get medicines between late last night and this morning, you would've realised that pharmaceutical stores across the country have gone on strike.

Mumbai: In a major blow to patients and common man, 55,000 chemists shops in Maharashtra are likely to be closed today. 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. The chemists refused to call off the strike despite intervention from the health ministry late on Monday evening.

Shinde said the industry has already sent 80,000 objection letters to the Centre in protest against e-portal and e-pharmacy.

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