Chemists across India on strike today

Chemists across India on strike today

The All India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists (AIOCD) is also opposing online pharmacy citing that e-pharmacy poses a threat to their business.

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Notably, now there are total 17 thousand medicine store in Odisha. The regulatory body advised private and government hospitals to stock up on medicines so that patients do not suffer as a result of the strike.

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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. Moreover the ministry should rather make doctors compulsory to register themselves with the portal and enter data related to prescribe drugs, he added. While the medical stores will remain shut for a day, emergency pharmacies in and around hospitals will remain open. Having said that, the strike will be very inconvenient for patients and can even cause serious repercussions. Further, it shall hard to ascertain the credibility of the medicine provided online and the time involved in the supply, especially in a case of life-threatening emergencies.

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Contrary to this, however, Prashant says the e-pharma and online pharma models allow easy tracking and tracing of products. This will prove to be expensive and cumbersome, AIOCD insists. (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. Over the years, several e-pharmacists have been working closely with the government to address this gap. The retailers will observe a one-day long strike starting from 12 midnight on May 29 till 12 midnight on May 30. "We hope that the AIOCD realises that consumer interest is paramount and that protectionist measures that are against consumer interest and lead to poor quality and affordability are not going to work".

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