Vijayawada, Sep 25: In protest against the Central government’s proposal to permit "online sales" of medicines, the Chemists and Druggists decided to observe nation-wide medical shops bandh on September 28.
Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, Krishna district Chemists and Druggists Association General Secretary Dr P S Patnaik said all the 3,500 odd medical shops in the district would remain closed on that day.
Patnaik feared that the Centre’s decision of permitting online sales of medicines might deprive the livelihood of 8 lakh pharmacists and 80 lakh people, who completely depend on the sector. Buying medicine directly through online without the help of druggist, might prove fatal in some cases and also hazardous to the health of patients.
Moreover, poor quality drugs could be supplied through online since there would not be accountability, he warned. (UNI)