The apex body of chemists and pharmacists -- the All India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists (AIOCD) -- has called for a nation-widestrike on October 14 to protest against online pharmacies.
Tamil Nadu Chemists and Druggists Association Secretary N Anandan said in a release here today that''we have decided to go for nation-wide strike on October 14 to protect the health of general public as well as interest of our members''.
Online pharmacies in country have significantly increased due to growth of e-commerce.
Though in some western countries, internet pharmacy was allowed, a thoroughly study of the risk and threatsmust be made.
''Online pharmacies in India run on an internet-basedprescription model and it had little regulation'', he added.
He said that it was also illegal to sell medicines through the internet under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940.
''It is dangerous to sell medicines without any prescriptions. Many online pharmacies are supplyingmedicines like I-pill, Viagara, MTP kits, anti-depression, sleeping pills, cough syrups without confirming the authenticity of prescription and patients'', Mr Anandansaid, adding, there was also a greater possibility of spurious and banned drugs being sold through the net.
''At present, online pharmacy business is on and authorities are not taking any action on the complaintsmade by us. In June, we submitted elaborate presentations to the Health and other Ministries on the this issue. But, the Central government has not taken any action'',he regretted.
Hence, the all India body has decided to observea one-day strike on October 14 to create awarenesson the dangers of selling drugs through the internet.
On participation of pharmacies in Tamil Nadu, he said ''though the State government has assured us action regarding online pharmacies, internet laws and e-commerce business come under the domain of the Central government. The State government can do littleagainst these commercial enterprises''.
On the day of the nation-wide stir, more than sevenlakh shops will remain closed throughout the country including 40,000 in Tamil Nadu, Mr Anandan said and advised the customers and patients to buy medicinesin advance in case of emergency.UNI GV VV AK1224
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