Aizawl (ZoramObserver.com): Mizoram chemists today joined a 24-hour nationwide chemists strike called by All India Organisation of Chemists & Druggists (AIOCD) to protest against the stringent regulations on the sale of medicines.
All retail and wholesale medicine shops except government run pharmacies in the capital remained closed today. The nationwide strike was strictly observed in the whole of Mizoram, Mizoram Chemists and Druggists Association (MCDA) general secretary Jeffrey L. Fanai said.
He said that they strongly opposed to the central government’s move to regularize selling of drugs or medicines on internet or web portal by amending Drug & Cosmetics Act. “We opposed the central’s decision as it can lead to rampant drug abuse in Mizoram,” he added.
He also said that MCDA along with rest of chemists in the country strongly opposed to launch of E-portal and online medicine as it poses a threat to their business. “We urged the central government to look into our problem and review the regulation,” he said.
All Mizoram chemists today convened a meeting at Chanmari YMA hall in Aizawl and held discussion over agenda for future progress of MCDA. The meeting was presided over by MCDA president and AMC councilor R.Thanglura, while Jeffrey L. Fanai gave detailed report of the initiatives taken by the association.
There are, at present, 1,400 registered druggist license holders in Mizoram out of which 1000 license holders opened pharmacy in different parts of the state.
Meanwhile, customers flocked to Aizawl Civil Hospital’s canteen, a government run pharmacy, today to buy medicines.
A shop keeper of the canteen said that the number of customer was double in the morning but it came to decline in the afternoon due to rain.
As per information received, the nationwide chemists strike did not cause severe trouble in the state.
A 24-hour nationwide pharmacy strike was called by All India Organisation of Chemists & Druggists (AIOCD) in protest against the e-pharmacy regulations that the Central government is deliberating upon in support of online sale of drugs.
According to a senior member of AIOCD, they were asked to upload all information related to sale of medicines on a portal, which they said was not possible with the existing infrastructure. The online pharmacy will also encourage irrational usage of medicines and sale of fake drugs, the AIOCD member said.