Nationwide strike of chemists & druggists begins from midnight


The All India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists (AIOCD) has given a call for nation-wide stir on Monday against Union government’s decision to start e-portal for regularising the transactions of drugs. Accordingly, the chemists and druggists will go on strike from Monday midnight and they will down their shutters from 12 pm on Monday, informed Jagannath Shinde, president of AIOCD, while talking to Mumbai Live.

Meanwhile, 50% medicine shops will remain open as half of the pharmacists across the state have decided not to participate in this strike, claimed Kailash Tandale, president of Maharashtra Registered Pharmacists Association.

Though both the organisations have claimed to succeed in their efforts, the AIOCD has declared that some of the medicine shops will be kept open in the city to save patients from inconvenience. Dr Harshdeep Kamble, commissioner of food and drug administration, has directed all the medical shops in the hospitals to keep serving needy patients 24 hours.

The AIOCD and the FDA have appealed patients to purchase medicines in advance and keep it in stock for an emergency situation. Dr Kamble has informed that he has appealed the AIOCD not to down shutters of medical shops.

Shinde of AIOCD also reacted on FDA commissioner’s appeal and demanded that government should withdraw its decision on e-portal so avoid inconvenience to patients and the general public.

Mumbai Live is providing for its readers the toll-free numbers where they will get the details on availability of medicines

Toll-free numbers are – 1800222365, 022-26592362

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