PUNE: Chemists across India will protest against the proposed e-pharmacy draft on September 28. Members of chemist associations from Maharashtra said their shops will remain closed as a mark of protest on September 28.
Prasanna Patil of the Chemists Association of Pune District said that around 9,000 chemists from the city and 85,000 chemists from across the State will take part in the stir.
“The proposed e-pharmacy draft aims to give permission to online pharmacies to register and start selling medicines. So far, the chemists association has underlined that in e-pharmacy, there is a chance that wrong medicines could be delivered to patients,” said Patil.
He highlighted sale of medical termination of pregnancy (MTP) kits to underage girls.
“These kits can put the lives of these girls at risk. It is also seen that sleeping pills are delivered to patients without any proper prescription. Also, mild addictive drugs are also sent in huge quantities through e-pharmacy. The government should include provisions, where such issues are addressed,” said Patil.
He said some drugs like insulin need to be stored at a specific temperature. “Moreover, in case of diabetes and other kind of medicines, they require a proper cold storage to maintain certain temperature. How will an e-pharmacy design that? What is the guarantee that the patient will get unspoiled medicine,” questioned Patil.
He said though all pharmacies and chemist shops will remain shut on September 28, emergency services will continue. “We do not want the patients or our customers to suffer. Hence, all emergency services in hospitals will be running,” said Patil.