Aizawl, Oct 13: All retail and wholesale medicine dealers would remain closed on Wednesday following a 1 day nationwide strike called by All India Organisation of Chemists & Druggists (AIOCD) in protest against the Central Government’s move to regularize selling of drugs or medicines on internet or wed portal by amending Drug & Cosmetics Act.
A 24-hour pharmacy strike which would start from 12:00 hr of 13th October to 12:00 hr of 14th October would be observed across the state, Mizoram Chemists and Druggists Association (MCDA) general secretary Jeffrey L. Fanai said.
The bandh however, would not affect government run pharmacies and Civil hospital canteen, he added.
AIOCD, the apex body of 7 lakhs plus chemist and distributors in India has strongly opposed the Central Government’s move to regularize selling of drugs or medicines through internet or wed portal saying such activities of selling medicines on internet by so called e-pharmacies in any form are illegal and therefore where can i buy gabapentin uk contravenes provision of Drugs & Cosmetics Act, 1940 (Rules 1945). Different forums including Drug Consultative Committee have observed that online sale of medicines did not fit in the present framework of law.
Despite all these facts, no action has been taken by regulatory authorities against gross violators so far. AIOCD president has stated it, MCDA general secretary said. Online pharmacies can depreciate the drug distribution system in India and can increase the adverse drug reactions, misuse of drugs and drug dependence, irrational use of drugs and selling of poor quality of drugs, he added.
Mizoram Chemists and Druggists Association have announced support to the proposed nation-wide general strike of AIOCD, to be effective from 12:00 hr of 13 October to 12:00 of 14 October, the general secretary said, adding that all retail and wholesale medicine dealers in Mizoram would remain closed on 14 October.