Drug stores to close from midnight demanding ban on the online medicines sale

Pharmacists on strike against online sale of medicines that kills jobs of qualified chemists

Chennai: Pharmacists in the city will shut down their shops at midnight on Thursday in agitation against online medical sales. Drug stores attached to hospitals will, however, remain open.
The health ministry, earlier this month drafted rules notifying that it would be mandatory for online pharmacies to be registered under Central Drugs Standard Control Organization and obtain a trade license that is applicable across India- from any state government.

“Online sale will make jobs of qualified chemists redundant. It may also become a public health menace. There is risk f drug abuse and over-the-counter sale of scheduled drugs. It can also increase incidence of drug resistance,” said association president K Manoharan.

At present, it is mandatory for all drug stores to have a qualified chemist. “These people study pharmacy formally. They see the prescription and on most occasions know their customers. Chances of errors or misuse are lesser compared to online sale,” said association general secretary KK Selvan.
Several big drug stores have begun to text customers urging them to stock up on medicines.