Nearly 20,000 medical stores in Odisha will remain closed on Wednesday in support of the nationwide protest organised by All India Medical Store Association (AIMSA) against the online sale of medicines.
All chemists across the State would go on strike on October 14 as part of the nation-wide strike against the Centre’s move to allow the sale of medicines over the Internet.
The Utkal Chemists’ and Druggists’ Association in the State has decided it would closed down the shutters protesting online sale of medicines.
Earlier on October 1 Association’s general secretary Prabir Das said that online sale of medicines directly violates the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940. As per the Act, one can purchase medicines from medicine store after showing the doctor’s prescription.
Such rules cannot be followed in case of online trading of medicine.
Patients in Odisha might face a big problem tomorrow.