Chemists to join nationwide strike on Oct 14

Faridabad: Chemists in Faridabad have decided to join the nationwide strike on Wednesday called by India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists against the government of India’s move to allow the sale of medicines over the Internet.
However pharmacies at hospitals would remain open for patients with emergency situation.
A decision in this regard was taken in a meeting of the District Chemist Association here today. Also a protest would be lodged on the online sale of items listed in the definition of Drug.
Till now online sale of Prescription Drugs is not included in the provisions of The Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940. On the other hand, no law prohibits it either. However, with the rising trend of online shopping the government is considering to add the provision to sell the Drugs too in the online mode.
It is precisely for this reason that the Drugs Controller General of India decided in the last week of August to set up a consultative committee to look into this matter. The objective is to create provisions in the law that will regulate online sale of drugs.
“There are 8, 00,000 chemists in the country. The proposed provision of online sale of medicines would lead to all these chemists becoming unemployed,” Chairman of the Association Mahendra Luthra said. —PTI