Patients across the district may suffer discomfort as a lot of chemists are going on a day's strike on May 10, on the directions of All-India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists (AIOCD).
The Ludhiana District Chemists Association (LDCA) announced that they would participate in the strike against the wrong policies of the government.
City chemists are opposing police interference in their work and are demanding removal of red stamps from their licenses.
LDCA president Tikka Dalip Singh said: "We have decided to participate in the bandh called by AIOCD on May 10."
Singh added that all chemists' shops would be closed for 24 hours during the strike and apologised to the public for the inconvenience caused.
Talking about their demands, Tikka said: "There should be no reduction in trade margin as proposed in the new drug policy."
Their demands also include that the government should allow competent persons to work on experience basis in the wholesale sector.
Previously, a pharmacist was dispersing the products but now a maximum chunk of products are manufactured by companies, so we want competent persons to solve the issues related to pharmacists.
GS Chawla, secretary of LDCA, said: "We are demanding relief in Drugs and Cosmetic Act (Amendment) 2008. We are also demanding that there should be no foreign direct investment in pharma trade."
Chawla said that the state government should remove the ban on issuing of new drug licenses. He added that there should be no interference of police in the working of chemists and druggists. According to the Drug and Cosmetic Act, the government has appointed drug authority to check the chemists' shops only.
Chawla claimed that there is no provision of police interference. He claimed that the chemists were getting defamed due to unnecessary interference by the police. He further added that there should be no red stamp on their drug licenses.
According to the health department, the process of pasting red stamp was done according to the instructions of the state government to curtail the sale of habit-forming drugs.
When contacted, Dinesh Gupta, zonal licensing authority (drugs) said that it was the decision of private chemists who have decided to go on strike but, there will be no problem in government institutes.
Gupta said that they will issue directions to LDCA to open some drug stores so that the patients do not suffer during the strike.