Chemists shut shop in Mysuru

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All India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists (AIOCD) on Tuesday said it will go on an indefinite strike if the government doesn't roll back its proposed electronic portal plan.

The chemists pointed out that the online pharmacies selling medicines at cost lower than the retail price has been unfavourable for them and has affected their business. There are above 17,000 medicine stores in the state. So, even the association wanted us to open our shop in the afternoon as several people travel from different corners of the city to get medicines from here", said Rippon Nath, owner of Nath Brothers pharmacy in Connaught Place.More than 8.5 lakh chemists across the country participated in the strike, 15,000 from Delhi."The strike was successful, nearly 100% of the chemist shops participated. If one were to go by the reports, at least 50 cases of attacks against doctors have been registered every year in the country.

Pharmacies shut across Andhra Pradesh today.

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He also believes that the strike is rather inconvenient for patients and can cause serious repercussions. "These norms are encouraging the unethical practice of online medicine suppliers".

"It is unfortunate that instead of leveraging these technologies to improve their business and the experience of patients, the AIOCD has chosen to take a negative stance", he says. (AIOCD), which has about eight lakh members involved in sale and distribution of medicines, had given the strike call to push for action against "illegal" e-pharmacies, according to PTI. Meanwhile, the pharmacists in Lucknow are already staging a protest against the same.

"We have been putting across our concerns for very long. We hope that the AIOCD realises that consumer interest is paramount and that protectionist measures that are against consumer interest and lead to poor quality and affordability are not going to work".