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8.5 lakh chemists observe all-India strike against ‘stringent’ rules on medicine sale

The All India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists said their representations opposing the regulations on the sale of medicines in the country, which was submitted to the government, went unheeded.

business Updated: Jun 22, 2017 11:32 IST
Members of the All-India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists (AIOCD) at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi during their nationwide strike on Tuesday.
Members of the All-India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists (AIOCD) at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi during their nationwide strike on Tuesday.(Geetika Varshney/ HT Photo)

Around 8.5 lakh retail chemists, druggists and pharmacies observed a nation-wide day-long strike on Tuesday to press for their various demands, an official of the All India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists (AIOCD) said.

“If our demands are not met, we will go on an indefinite strike,” AIOCD president Jagannath Shinde told PTI in Mumbai.

Nearly 8.5 lakh chemists across the country went on a strike protesting against the “stringent” regulations on the sale of medicines, Shinde said and claimed that the strike was 100% successful.

Medical shops were closed in Mumbai on Tuesday during the all-India strike. (Satish Bate/HT Photo)

According to the AIOCD, their several representations opposing the regulations on the sale of medicines in the country, submitted to the government, went unheeded, following which the one-day strike was called.

“We have been asked to upload all information related to sale of medicines on a portal, which is not possible with the existing infrastructure,” Shinde said.

Medical shops closed in Guwahati during the all-India strike on Tuesday. (PTI)

Shinde said the industry has already sent 80,000 objection letters to the Centre in protest against e-portal and e-pharmacy.

The chemists are also opposing online pharmacy, which they say, poses a threat to their business.

“The online pharmacy will also encourage irrational usage of medicines and sale of fake drugs,” Shinde added.

A woman sits outside a closed chemist shop in Ahmedabad during the nationwide strike on Tuesday. (REUTERS)

Pharmacies shut across Andhra Pradesh. Similarly, in Telangana around 25,000 medical shops downed their shutters as part of the protest. Most chemists in Bengaluru and other parts of Karnataka also shut shop in support of the nationwide shutdown.

Tamil Nadu Chemists and Druggists Association general secretary Natarajan said nearly 20,000 of the 30,000 medical shops in the state remained closed. The remaining shops were open, but employees wore black badges in protest.