Chemist associations announce nationwide strike

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NEW DELHI
As a part of one-day all India bandh call given by All India Organisation of Chemist & Druggist (AIOCD), all the Chemist & Druggist of state will observe bandh today in protest against sale of medicines through internet or proposed guidelines-E-Pharmacy.
Chief Spokesman Jammu Chemist Association Rohit Sharma informed that all the Chemist & Druggist of state will observe one day strike (bandh) in the state of Jammu & Kashmir to lodge protest against sale of medicines through internet or proposed guidelines-E-Pharmacy.
All India Organisation of Chemist & Druggist (AIOCD) is an apex body of all states and UT of India, having 8 lacs members, which consist of both Chemists and Distributors. Of late, it has been observed that some business entities are engaged in selling of medicine through internet or web portals using IT Apps, directly to patients and consumers. This practice of selling medicines in any of the formats is violative of Drugs & Cosmetic Act 1940 (rules 1945).
“Our parent Organization has submitted a detailed memorandum to concerned ministers CGI, DTAB including the Prime Minister, highlighting its visible and possible hazardous effects, the authorities have confirmed that such sale is illegal but no action has been initiated by the administration.
Our parent body (AIOCD) in its Executive Committee meeting held on September 13,2015 at Bilaspur, Chattisgarh after detailed deliberations unanimously decided to observe one day bandh as protest against the move of drafting amendments in D&C Act 1940 (Rules 1945), together with IT Act 2000 as guidelines to regulate sale of medicines on internet/Web portal, Sharma added.
Allowing sale of medicines through internet would not only paralyze current distribution chain of medicine dealers but would also prove dangerous to health of common public at large and the young generation in particular, he added.
Accordingly, all the Chemist & Druggist will observe one day strike (bandh) today in the state to sensitize the importance of the subject matter.
In the interest of general public and for assuring smooth supply of medicines on time, the authorities have been informed well in advance to make necessary arrangements to avoid any inconvenience to general public.

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