Chemists in Indian capital to go on strike

15:38, July 31, 2011      

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More than 10,000 chemists in the Indian capital will shut shops Monday to protest against the government's move to stop over-the-counter sale of certain antibiotics and to make prescriptions compulsory, local media reported on Sunday.

Kailash Gupta, president of the All India Chemists and Distributors Federation, has said that no medical shops will be open on the day of the strike.

"Chemists from neighboring states of Haryana, Rajasthan and a few other states will join us," The Times of India newspaper quoted him as saying.

He said the amendments proposed by the government in the Drug and Cosmetics Act are "practically impossible" to follow. Under the first amendment proposed, doctors have to make double prescriptions for the sale of antibiotics, one for patients and the other for chemists.

Chemists are also protesting against the second amendment, which involves restricting 16 life-saving drugs, including those for cancer, to a few hospital-based pharmacies.

 
 
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