Shimla, Sep 29: On the call of the All India Chemists and Druggists Association, health services across Himachal Pradesh were severely hit on Friday, as about 6000 chemists kept their shops closed.
President of Himachal Pradesh Society for Chemists and Druggists Association Sanjeev Pundit said that they are opposing the move of government to allow the online sale of drugs in bulk. He said the state government invited objections on online sale of drugs in the state on Aug 28. “We have lodged our protest and with objections demanding the government not to allow the online sale of drugs in the state’” Sanjeev Pundit said.
Many drugs fall under Schedule -H category could not be sold without prescription then how the online sale is being allowed without providing the following the saturatory provisions and firms are providing a parallel sale of drugs in the country. We know that though there is no legal permission for online sale of drugs however any one could book their order online by scanning doctors prescription and hospital registration can issue bulk order from the parents firms.
It is only the common man and poor, who would suffer as they have no access to such online shopping of drugs would pay hefty prices through the retail shops. Certain online sale of drugs being offered up to 60 per cent discount, however, under the rules, no retailers could offer more than five to 10 per cent discount and wholesaler 15 to 18 per cent during their sale would make the normal market uncompetitive without having without any rider and check and balance.
The retailers are facing the frequent raids of drug administration and police as they could not sold the many psychotropic and steroids drugs without having proper prescription. (UNI)