Nearly eight lakh chemists pan India have opposed the central governments move towards regularising the sale of medicines through the Internet or e-pharmacies. They have opined that this move will increase the risk of adverse drug reaction, which will give an opening for the entry of low-quality, misbranded and spurious products.

The All India Organisation of Chemists & Druggists (AIOCD) have informed that the governments move towards regularising the sale of online medicines would allow low quality products into the market, which will have major set back economically. Nearly eight lakh members involved in the distribution of medicines across the country will protest against the online sale of drugs on Wednesday in Jantar Mantar, New Delhi.

The government should crack down any online sale of medicines as it raises the risk of misuse of drugs. Presently online pharmacy business is going illegally and government authorities are not taking any action against it, hence, we have no alternative than to go on strike to protect health of general public, said Suresh Gupta, Hon Secretary, AIOCD.

Supporting the nationwide strike to protest online sale of drugs, more than 12000 chemists and wholesalers in the city will keep their shops closed Wednesday. AIOCD claims that internet online pharmacies are supplying the goods like I-pill, MTP kits, anti-depression, etc without confirming the authenticity of the prescription and patient.

Point Highlighted by AIDCO against Online Drug Sales

  • llegal and sale of medicine in the present provisionof Drugs & Cosmetics Act 1940 and Rules 1945
  • Increase risk of adverse drug reaction
  • Easy opening to entry of low quality, misbranded medicines
  • Big threat of irrational use of medicines
  • Big threat of drug addiction in youth due to easy availability through internet
  • Economically set back to about 8 lakh chemists and about 80 lakh workers and their families
  • Impact of medicine in rural India
  • Lack of infrastructure and man power for good governance.

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