Opposing the central government’s move of regularising sale of medicines through internet, All India Organisation of Chemists & Druggists (AIOCD) will go on a strike today.
According to a TOI report, about 8 lakh chemists across the country including 6,000 alone from Mumbai plan to protest against the online selling of medicines.
J S Shinde, president of AIOCD, said, “E-pharmacy is against the larger public interest. It will boost the sale of illegal and spurious drugs in the market, besides posing a huge threat of addiction among youngsters.”
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The association believes that the country still does not have adequate measures to monitor online sale of medicines. Besides, online medicine commerce will also affect the livelihood of about 8 Mn people who survive on the retail chemist industry.
Most chemists are supposed to follow the one-day strike, barring those located on hospital premises.
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