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Pharmacist body calls for nationwide bandh protesting online pharmacies

The All India Organization of Chemists and Druggists (AIOCD) has called for a nationwide bandh to protest the regularizing sale of medicines through internet and online pharmacies. The industry body, which represents over 8 lakh members, has called for a strike on November 23. The AIOCD said that online pharmacies are doing business illegally and are in contravention of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act of 1940 which state that sale of medicine can be done only through a pharmacist. The also alleged that online pharmacies are supplying prescription and schedule drugs without confirming the authenticity of prescription and patient.  This isn't the first time offline pharmacies have protested their online counterparts. The AIOCD had called for a similar bandh back in October 2015. However, a number of online pharmacies companies have come together to form the Indian Internet Pharmacy Association (IIPA) advocating for rules and…

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