It had submitted a memorandum to the Union Health Ministry in this regard.
Ina country like India, this is an entirely wrong idea where it will have long-term repercussions. Extra discounts over online purchases have also attracted buyers. Over 15,000 chemists and druggists will go on strike in Kerala.
However, traditional chemist shop owners argue that verification of drug quality online is dubious and they have even raised a flag over the possible increase in psychotropic drugs. In the state, Utkal Chemist and Druggist Association (UCDA) will be observing the strike.
Shinde said that the proposed electronic platform restricts chemists to dispense drugs without prescription of a registered medical practitioner.
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In the wake of the round-the-clock strike called by medical stores, the Drugs Control Department has made elaborate arrangements to ensure the uninterrupted supply of medicines to the needy in Karnataka.
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.
Tamba said that the e-portal is impracticable as internet connectivity throughout the country is not strong and in such circumstances, the delay in the process will lead to chaos and trouble to the waiting patients and their relatives.
RDCA said almost 14,000 chemist shops were shut in Delhi alone on Tuesday but almost 3,000 were allowed to do business keeping patients' interests in mind. A similar all-India pharmacy strike was held on 23 November, reports Deccan Chronicle. They have three reasons for this-to oppose online pharmacies, to speak up against the e-portal as mandated by the government, and to have their views on the Central drug act amendment, where the government has mandated the presence of pharmacies in all stores, be taken into consideration.