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Offline pharmacies protest online sale of drugs; to remain closed on Wednesday

While online cab aggregators and self drive cars have already faced the heat along with e-commerce players when it comes to offline retail and businesses, the All India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists (AIOCD), has called for a one day nationwide strike on Wednesday, October 14 to protest against the online sale of pharmacy, reports NDTV. Hospital pharmacies will remain open. AIOCD states that the strike has been called to protect its interests as well as that of the consumers and opposes the government’s move to regularise the sale of medicines through the internet, citing that it is illegal to do so under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940. It also added that e-pharmacy would hamper the interest of 800,000 chemists and 8 million workers and their families. The Mid Day reports that chemists in Faridabad will also be joining in the strike, along with Goa's chemists, as reported by ET, Karnataka Organisation of Chemists and Druggists as reported by Daijiworld and All Kerala Chemists and Druggists Association, as reported by The Hindu. While some websites might allow users to upload prescriptions from doctors, the website would have no way to verify its authenticity, said Prasad Tamba, the president of the Goa pharmacists association. Note that every doctor in the country needs to register with the Medical Council of India in order to practice medicine. The websites which allow users to upload prescriptions can cross check with the Council’s database in order to verify the prescription. About 4 months ago,…

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