Chemists to hold ‘Halla Bol Andolan’ on 8th

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Jan 2019 09:56:49


Business Bureau,

Opposing the online sale of medicines, chemists and druggists across the country will take out protest rallies on January 8. The Nagpur District Chemists and Druggists (NDCDA) is also participating in the agitation termed as ‘Halla Bol Andolan’.
More than 150 representatives of chemists and druggists in the district will also take out rally here in the city and give charter of demand to District Collector, communicated President of NDCDA - Rajendra Kawadkar and Secretary Hetal Thakkar through a press release.

“Keeping in view the convenience of the patients, we have decided not to shut down medicine shops on January 8. But all our representatives will participate in the rally and highlight the issue,” said Kawadkar. “Online sale of medicine is not in favour of the society but it is going on full fledged. We are against it want protesting for quite long,” said Kawadkar adding that online companies give huge discounts to the buyers.

“Right now the online sale of medicines is going on illegally but the authorities are not taking any action against it and thus we have no alternative than to go on strike,” he said.
Kawadkar also said that the call has been give by the All India Organisation of Chemist and Druggist (AIOCD), the apex body of chemists.

According to a rough estimate, more than 8.5 lakh chemists across the country are opposing the online sale. Recently, AIOCD had claimed that online sale of medicines had been affecting the 8.5 lakh chemists across the country.
The agitators are repeatedly demanding the Government to stop online sale of medicines.

They are opposing it for the past three years but in vain. On the other hand, online players openly advertise in print and electronic media violating provisions of the Drug Act, which prohibits sale and distribution, stock, exhibit or offer for sale of drugs without a valid license.  The schedule drugs, which needs to be supplied only on the prescription of a specialized medicine practitioner are being supplied either directly or by non-qualified practitioners.