Over 17000 chemists of Madhya Pradesh, including over 1400 from Bhopal, participated in the nationwide strike call given by All India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists to protest against online sale of drugs.
Madhya Pradesh Chemist and Druggist Association president Goutam Chand Dhing said that online sale of medicines was not only illegal according to various provisions of Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940, it was also dangerous, unsafe and could easily be misused by drug abusers and addicts.
He said that it was difficult to monitor online sale of drugs and authenticate the prescriptions online.
Dhing said government had framed a committee to look into the issue of sale of medicines through internet.
“So we decided to go for a strike today to make government aware about our concerns. If the government doesn’t take any concrete steps soon, we will be forced to intensify out agitation”, he said.
Bhopal Chemists Association president Lalit Jain said that in Bhopal there are 1411 chemists most of whom were on strike on Wednesday.
“The strike in the state was a success. In some cases, like hospitals and nursing homes, the sale of drugs was on”, he said.
Due to strike, many patients faced hardship in getting the medicines. Their kin had to look for the drug stores in hospitals and nursing homes to get necessary medicines.
“I had to buy a cough syrup for my four-year-old daughter. But when I went to the chemist, I was told by the shopkeeper near the chemist shop that chemists were on strike for some reason. Now I will have to wait till tomorrow”, said Arunesh Trivedi from 12 Number market.