‘Hallabol’: Chemists agitate against e-pharmacies in city

ST CORRESPONDENT
Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Speaking to Sakal Times, Rohit Karpe, Treasurer of the Chemists Association of Pune District said that despite various steps taken by the chemists’ associations, the government has not paid any attention to their demands.

Pune: The Chemists Association of Pune District under the All India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists (AIOCD) held a ‘Hallabol’ protest against e-pharmacies in Pune on Tuesday. 

Chemists and pharmacists submitted a letter to the district collectorate regarding the same in all major cities of the state.
 
The local authorities in Pune assured the members of the association that necessary steps will be taken in this regard.
  
Chemists and druggists across the country have been time and again protesting against the e-pharmacies. 

Speaking to Sakal Times, Rohit Karpe, Treasurer of the Chemists Association of Pune District said that despite various steps taken by the chemists’ associations, the government has not paid any attention to their demands.
 
“Some drugs require a proper cold chain to maintain a certain temperature. There is no guarantee that such drugs will be delivered to patients under the right conditions. What if the drugs are spoilt? What are the guidelines by the government to ensure that  e-pharmacies keep such drugs in proper storage?” said Karpe.

He added that many medicines were earlier delivered to patients without any proper prescription from doctors through e-pharmacies.
 
Karpe said the Chennai High Court as well the Delhi High Court had issued orders restricting the circulation of medicines through e-pharmacies. 

“However, the government did not take note of that. We demand that the government should pay attention to our demands,” said Karpe. Around 9,000 chemists from the city are supporting this protest.

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