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Opposing Online Pharmacies, 8.5 lakh chemists to call it a strike on September 28


Opposing Online Pharmacies, 8.5 lakh chemists to call it a strike on September 28

New Delhi: In order to protest against the government decision to permit e-pharmacies, AIOCD, a representative body of around 8.5 lakh chemists in the country has decided to go on a day-long nationwide strike on September 28.

All India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists (AIOCD) will go on a nationwide strike against the draft rules by the Union Health Ministry to regulate the sale of drugs through e-portal and implementation of online pharmacy.

Medical Dialogues had earlier reported that the Union Health Ministry has come out with draft rules on sale of drugs by e-pharmacies with an aim to regulate online sale of medicines across India and provide patients access to genuine drugs from authentic online portals.

The draft rules on sale of drugs by e-pharmacy stated that no person will distribute or sell, stock, exhibit or offer for sale of drugs through e-pharmacy portal unless registered. The rules call for a physical facility to provide customer support to the online customers for the pharmacy.

Read also: Health Ministry draft rules on sale of drugs by e-pharmacy- Details

Allowing the e-pharmacies, the government is trying to save supply chain costs and expecting to curb down the prices of medicines by 15-30 percent. However, it poses a serious threat to the business of chemist stores that are running 24×7 and are reeling under the pressure of trade margin regulation. Chemists can make up to 16 percent margin on medicines under the Drug Price Control Order (DPCO), that control the prices of medicines in the country.

Speaking with TOI, Rajiv Singhal, general secretary of the All-India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists (AIOCD) said, “Pharmacies from across the country will remain closed from midnight September 27 to midnight September 28. The nationwide protest is aimed at highlighting the repercussions of online pharmacy initiative and educate policymakers on its dangers. Around 8.5 lakh chemists are facing livelihood risk due to an online pharmacy.”



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  1. Manypharmacies I visited in Delhi are run by relatives or friends masquerading as pharmacist, when I ask who is the pharmacy registered , the answer is cousins friends friend
    So people are not getting the services of a trained pharmacist

  2. We hold a pharmacy in Hyderabad Each time there is a strike all over, it’s not so effective because there is no strong unity within everyone and they end up running the pharmacy in a strike day as well