City chemists won’t take part in tomorrow’s strike

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVIMUMBAI - Sang­hami­tra Sen­gupta sang­hami­tra.sen­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

NAVI MUM­BAI: Al­though re­tail and whole­sale chemists in Mum­bai have in­di­cated a shut­down on Novem­ber 11 fol­low­ing the con­sis­tent crack­down by the state con­sumer pro­tec­tion body, the Navi Mum­bai Re­tail Chemists and Whole­salers As­so­ci­a­tion have de­cided to not par­tic­i­pate in the strike.

How­ever, the con­stant drive by the Ma­ha­rash­tra Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion (FDA) on chemist shops in the city for the last month, to­gether with stricter rules has had its share of im­pact on the res­i­dents.

An FDA team from Thane has been keep­ing a con­stant vigil on chemist stores to check for vi­o­la­tion of pre­scribed norms such as sell­ing of re­stricted drugs over the counter, not is­su­ing bills for medicines sold and not hav­ing a qual­i­fied phar­ma­cist.

“Af­ter the sur­vey, around 56 shops were served show- cause notices for a mis­match in the sale and pur­chase of medicines, sale of cer­tain sched­uled drugs that can be only sold with pre­scrip­tion. Of th­ese, the li­cences of 10 shops had to be re­voked for op­er­at­ing with­out a qual­i­fied phar­ma­cist,” said an of­fi­cial from FDA, Thane.

As per the Drug and Cos­metic Act, 1940, it is manda­tory for chemists to em­ploy in­di­vid­u­als hold­ing a Diploma in Phar­macy ( D Pharm) or a Bach­e­lors i n Phar macy (B Pharm) to dis­pense phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals. Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials, the ad­min­is­tra­tive pro­cesses were on to scru­ti­nise all shops in the city.

“If the rules are fol­lowed by

AN FDA TEAM FROM THANE HAS BEEN KEEP­ING A VIGIL ON CHEMIST STORES TO CHECK FOR VI­O­LA­TION OF PRE­SCRIBED NORMS

the chemists and con­sumers, there will be sim­pler so­lu­tions in case of dis­crep­an­cies,” said Su­nil Z. Ch­ha­jed, gen­eral sec­re­tary of Navi Mum­bai Re­tail Chemists and Whole­salers As­so­ci­a­tion.

Mean­while, chemist shops in the city said al­though they try their best to fol­low the norms, very of­ten the cus­tomer is in a hurry or does not care about a bill.

“A ma­jor­ity of cus­tomers are in a hurry and just want to take the medicine and leave. We, how­ever, make it a point to draft a proper memo with the pa­tient and doc­tor’s name and in­sist that they wait for the bill,” said a phar­ma­cist from a chemist shop in sec­tor 9, Vashi.

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