‘Hallabol’ protest against e-pharmacies in State today

ST CORRESPONDENT
Tuesday, 8 January 2019

“Some drugs such as insulin, which are used by diabetic patients need to be stored at a certain temperature. Moreover, in case of diabetes and other medicines, they require a proper cold chain to maintain a certain temperature. How will an e-pharmacy design that? What is the guarantee that the patient will get the medicine, which is not spoiled,” said a member.

Pune: The Chemists Association of Pune District under the All India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists (AIOCD) will hold a ‘Hallabol’ protest against e-pharmacies on Tuesday. Chemists and pharmacists will submit a letter to the district collector regarding the same in all major cities of the State.

Since last year, various chemists and druggists in the country have been protesting against  mushrooming e-pharmacies. 

Speaking to Sakal Times, Rohit Karpe, Treasurer, Chemists Association of Pune District said all chemists’ associations across the State will take up this issue with the authorities in their respective cities on Tuesday. 

“We have time and again highlighted the threat posed by e-pharmacies. However, the government always turns a deaf ear to our demands. Hence, we have decided to take this up with local authorities this time,” added Karpe. 

Around 9,000 chemists from the city and 85,000 chemists are supporting this protest.

Members of the chemists’ association added they have time and again underlined that in an e-pharmacy, there is a chance that the wrong kind of medicines are sent to patients.

“Some drugs such as insulin, which are used by diabetic patients need to be stored at a certain temperature. Moreover, in case of diabetes and other medicines, they require a proper cold chain to maintain a certain temperature. How will an e-pharmacy design that? What is the guarantee that the patient will get the medicine, which is not spoiled,” said a member.

In a press interaction organised by the association, its members added that many sleeping pills were delivered to patients without any proper prescription from doctors through e-pharmacies. Also, mild addictive drugs were also sent in huge quantities 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,” he added.

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