MSCDA to stage a protest on July 16 against online pharmacy portals

The Maharashtra State Chemist and Druggist Association is unhappy with the Food and Drugs Administration who did not take any action against the online pharmacy portals that sell medicines without subscription

MSCDA to stage a protest on July 16 against online pharmacy portals

The ‘online pharmacy’ trend is increasing day by day and people are now opting to buy drugs online without visiting the pharmacy. According to the Maharashtra State Chemist and Druggist Association (MSCDA), people should not buy medicines without a subscription as it can affect their health. Considering this, they have planned to carry out a protest on July 16, 2018, outside Bandra’s Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) office.

Prasad Danave, President of the Retail and Dispensing Chemist Association said that they will protest around 3:00 pm on Monday, July 16, 2018, wherein nearly 1000 chemists and druggists will gather at the Bandra-Kalanagar signal and will walk to the FDA office.

He added that no action has been taken against online pharmacies despite selling medicines without prescriptions, which is against the law. There is no transparency in online sales of medicine as there are no such laws governing online portals, added Danave.

Meanwhile, a senior FDA official said that the government has prepared a draft proposal in this regard, which is still under consideration.

It is believed that chemists from Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai and Raigad will be supported by chemists from across the state. However, at the same time, the stores will remain open on July 16 to avoid inconvenience to the patients in need. 

In Mumbai, there are 6,000 chemists while rest of the state has 70,000 chemists with 1.5 lakh employees.

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