Pharmacies to go on strike today

Chemists to go on all-India strike on May 30 against 'stringent rules'

Pharmacies to remain closed on May 30

Bhubaneswar: Medicine stores will remain close for 24 hours following a strike called by All India Organisation of Chemist and Drugist across the country on Monday.

The government had in March proposed an electronic platform to regulate drug supply chain, weed out substandard medicines, monitor adverse reactions, curb overuse of antibiotics, implement drug price controls and ensure licensed doctors prescribe medicines.

He also said that MCDA along with rest of chemists in the country strongly opposed to launch of E-portal and online medicine as it poses a threat to their business. "It is the law", said Raghavendra Risha, the treasurer of Bruhat Bengaluru Chemists and Druggists Association.

"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.

According to the retail chemist shop owners, verification of drug quality in online retail is hard and the sale of psychotropic substances will also increase online.

"As per the GST we need provide all those details to the government to get input tax credit, so what's the goal of having another platform that duplicates the same function", Shinde added. In Tamil Nadu, around 600 chemists said they will wear black bands in protest, but will not shut down their shops, the newspaper added. (AIOCD), which has about eight lakh members involved in sale and distribution of medicines, had given the strike call to push for action against "illegal" e-pharmacies, according to PTI. "We can not call off the strike on such short notice and without any assurance", Nangia said.

Odisha government today issued direction to authorities of medical college hospitals, state run hospitals and others to remain in readiness to meet the eventualities.

The chemist body is also likely to hold a demonstration at Jantar Mantar tomorrow to highlight their concerns. The retailers will observe a one-day long strike starting from 12 midnight on May 29 till 12 midnight on May 30.

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