Chemists across India on strike to protest against government's e-platform plan

WION
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: May 30, 2017, 05.46 AM(IST)

The chemist body is also likely to hold a demonstration at Jantar Mantar today. Photograph:( Twitter )

Chemists across the country have shut shop today as the All India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists (AIOCD) called for a nationwide protest against the government's e-platform plan to regulate the sale of drugs.
 
Under the plan, chemists will have to upload details of all medicines purchased and sold on the e-platform and will have to pay a transaction fee to support the cost of running the system.

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According to the AIOCD, their several representations opposing the regulations on the sale of medicines in the country, submitted to the government, went unheeded, following which the one-day strike was called.
 
"We have been asked to upload all information related to sale of medicines on a portal, which is not possible with the existing infrastructure," PTI quoted a senior member of AIOCD as saying.
 
Their biggest worry is a massive cut in profit margins with stiff competition from e-portals.

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The chemist body is also likely to hold a demonstration at Jantar Mantar today.
 
(WION)

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