Distt Chemist and Druggist Assn to protest e-pharmacy

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 27 Sep 2018 11:20:34


Staff Reporter,


District Chemist and Druggist Association Raipur have decided to protest notification issued by Government of India to allow online sale of medicines. On September 28 all India sale of medicines will be closed for 24 hours. The protesters claim that the sector will not only eats into their business but also poses a danger as several regulated drugs are sold without prescription in the online space.

Lokesh Sahu, Secretary of Association said it is a very dangerous trend that we are setting as the government has no control over the sale. In previous years many high courts had also questioned the online sale of medicines and asked the government to define the measures taken.
While talking to the media persons, the protesters claimed that the authorities evade their responsibility on technical grounds. In many cases, the medicines are ordered in one city, brought from another city while the facilitator sits in a third city.

Chemists and pharmacists who have extended support to the protest and bandh of medical stores in entire nation on September 28, admitted that sale of medicines through the web had eaten into their profits. Business is down by 10 to 15 percent in state as there is no law regulating sale of medicines online. These websites offer great discounts as part of their business model, and as a result, all of us are affected.
As per their plea, the provisions of Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940, and Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945, prohibit online sale of medicines that mandatory require a doctor’s prescription. Such drugs include anti-pregnancy pills, sleeping tablets and abortion pills, among others.

But in nation as well as state, there is no control over it and owing to no action of centre and state, online business of medicine sale do very well and also neglect rules which also put life of people in danger.

Sahu said the future of over 8.50 lakh members of Association are on risk. If government pay not attention towards the demand then all 8.50 lakh chemists will be forced to go on indefinite strike.