Ghaziabad: Chemists down shutters to protest e-platform for regulating drug sales
All manufacturers must be registered on the portal and enter data relating to sale of drugs to distributors with the batch number, quantity supplied and expiry dates.noida Updated: May 30, 2017 22:06 IST
The members of Ghaziabad Chemists & Druggists Association, engaged in wholesale and retail trade of medicines, went on a day-long strike against Centre’s proposed e-portal policy, which they claim will hamper their trade.
The association members downed shutters on Tuesday and handed over a memorandum to district officials.
The members staged a sit-in protest at their business establishments at Nai Basti wholesale market in Ghaziabad and said wholesalers and retailers are supposed to get themselves registered on the e-portal, which will be launched soon.
All manufacturers must be registered on the portal and enter data relating to sale of drugs to distributors with the batch number, quantity supplied and expiry dates.
“Those (retailers) who are not registered, will not be able to do business. The manufacturers will have to upload the manufactured goods’ data on the portal. This will be tracked till the retailer’s end and the subsequent data of sales too will have to be uploaded. This means that a retailer will have to upload the doctor’s prescription to the central portal and only after it is confirmed will he be able to deliver medicines to the customer,” said Suresh Gupta, general secretary of the all India organisation.
“This will pose issues for retailers who operate in areas where there is no internet connectivity. For instance, in case of an emergency, the customer will face delays in getting medicines,” he said.
The members said there are nearly 4500 establishments in Noida and Ghaziabad who will be affected by the new order.
“We have also opposed the running of e-pharmacies that openly announce discount to customers to attract more sales. On the other hand, a retailer cannot advertise and offer discounts. We have a margin of 16% while they e-pharmacy offers a 15%-25% discounts. These issues have been taken up with the Union ministers and a memorandum will also be handed over to the Prime Minister’s Office soon,” said Deepak Agarwal, district secretary of the association.