All retail and wholesale medicine shops except government run pharmacies in the capital remained closed today.
Meanwhile, MDCDA President K.V. Prakash and Treasurer U.S. Harish-led 20-member team presented a signed memorandum following a signature campaign, to the Deputy Commissioner.
He also said that MCDA along with rest of chemists in the country strongly opposed to launch of E-portal and online medicine as it poses a threat to their business. Around 8.5 lakh chemist shops across India are said to be taking part in this strike.
An estimated 25,000 pharmacies across Telangana are expected to participate in the nationwide trade bandh on May 30 called by the All India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists. 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.More news: Insane crash at Indy 500 takes out two cars
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Almost 9 lakh chemists across the country will shut shop today in protest against e-pharmacy, government's e-portal plan and "stringent" regulations on the sale of medicines that has cut retailers' margins.
To protesting the online sale of medicine and e-portal set up by Central government organization has called up the stir. Shutting them for 24 hours will affect the public health services in a major way. The medicine stores under the Utkal Chemists and Druggists Association have extended its support to the strike.
As per the new regulations, the government has requested pharmacists to upload details on the sale of the medicines and also pay a transaction fee towards the cost of running the portal.
"We are protesting against the sale of online medicines because many drugs sold online are of substandard quality". Pharmacies in private hospitals will cater only to in-patients.