Chemist shops to remain closed tomorrow

The government's e-portal plan and the quality of the D-Pharma course, which will now consider a must for wholesale chemists. Image for representation only The All India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists (AIOCD), representing around nine lakh chemists, said it has made several representations to the government against the recent changes in regulations as well as unviability of their businesses. The organisation has served an advance notice to the prime minister's office, health ministry, home ministry and drug controller.

Addressing a press conference here on Friday the president of Chemist and Druggist Association of Goa (CDAG), Prasad Tamba, said "There are 600 pharmacies in the state which will remain closed for 24 hours on May 30". "This is serious problem and if the medicines are denied on such prescriptions, the people in the rural area will be deprived of the medicines".

There are 28,000 medical stores in Karnataka, including 8,500 in Bengaluru.

As per the new goods and tax system, pharmacists and vendors are expected to upload their data on the government website within a stipulated time; the Hindu states this. This will prove to be expensive and cumbersome, AIOCD insists. Various stakeholders from pharmaceutical companies, doctors to the pharmacies have to be registered on the portal.

"The association believes that e-portals can cause scarcity of medicines in the country". On 12 April, over 40,000 medicine shops in Bihar shut shop. A similar all-India pharmacy strike was held on 23 November, reports Deccan Chronicle. The AIOCD has in the past opposed e-pharmacies on the grounds that it could result in the abuse of medicines like psychiatric drugs, cough syrups etc.

  • Joanne Flowers