Over 8 Lakh Medical Shops to Be Shut on October 14th to Protest Online Sale of Drugs

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

As fast growing e-pharmacies eat into the incomes of lakhs of small chemist outlets, nearly 850,000 of them will remain shut on 14 October to protest against the online sale of drugs.

The one-day nationwide strike called by the All India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists (AIOCD) comes after a government panel started its work on framing regulations for the online pharmacies.

Retail chemists say that e-pharmacies will "challenge their businesses" and result in abuse of medicines. They also contend that it will be "easier" to purchase medicines online many times with a single prescription.

"Our children are savvy to social media. If they put one prescription online, they will take a picture and send it to other companies to get medicines," Reuters quoted AIOCD president JS Shinde as saying.

Shinde said that an indefinite strike may be called if the government does not halt online sale of medicines.


Source: International Business Times (link opens in a new window)

Health Care