Deccan Chronicle - - CITY -

Phar­ma­cists who own their own shops were tak­ing self­ies out­side their shops and up­load­ing them on so­cial me­dia sites on Tues­day to show that the call for a na­tion­wide bandh has not been suc­cess­ful.

The All-In­dia Chemists and Drug­gists As­so­ci­a­tion (AICDA) had called for the bandh on May 30 and more than 12,000 stores in the state were closed.

The chemists are protest­ing new rules that re­quire e-por­tal reg­is­tra­tion and up­dat­ing of ev­ery pur­chase and sale of medicines, as well as a pre­scrip­tion from a qual­i­fied med­i­cal prac­ti­tioner..

Hos­pi­tal and govern­ment phar­ma­cies and pri­vately owned phar­ma­cies were open. “All our reg­is­tered stores were closed but the pri­vate phar­ma­cists had kept their stores open,” said Su­man Gupta, joint sec­re­tary of the Te­lan­gana Phar­ma­cists As­so­ci­a­tion.

Doc­tor of Phar­macy As­so­ci­a­tion (Phar­maD), a non-profit pro­fes­sional or­gan­i­sa­tion of phar­ma­cists, how­ever, op­posed the strike call.

De­fend­ing the govern­ment’s move, Dr Katam Sai Ku­mar, national pres­i­dent of Phar­maD, said the govern­ment was plug­ging the ex­ist­ing gaps in the sale of drugs in pa­tients in­ter­est.

“This new reg­u­la­tion will en­sure avail­abil­ity of drugs and good qual­ity drugs which is in the pa­tient’s in­ter­ests,” he said.

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