Chemist shops closed, patients bear the brunt

DemandsAt a protest rally by chemists at mini-secretriat in Ludhiana on Friday. They submitted a memorandum to the assistant of Deputy Commissioner Areena Duggal regarding their demands.

On a strike call by the All India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists, the chemist shops were closed throughout the city on Friday, making the patients suffer.

The chemist shops under the Ludhiana District Chemist Association (LDCA) submitted a memorandum to the assistant of Deputy Commissioner Areena Duggal regarding their demands.

"We are demanding relief in Drugs and Cosmetic Act (Amendment) 2008 along with the condition that there should be no foreign direct investment in pharma trade," said LDCA president Tikka Dalip Singh.

He added that their another demand was removal of red stamps from their licences impeded their work. Red stamps are put by the government to control sale of habit-forming drugs in society.

Due to closure of shops, people were seen making long queues before shops in the emergency wards of DMCH, CMCH, Apollo and other hospitals.

"Police should not interfere in our work and government should make a policy for people having diploma in pharmacy and they should be allowed to get new licences for running chemist shops," added Singh. Currently, there is a ban on issuance of new drug licences.

The Ludhiana Retail Chemists Association also supported the one-day strike.

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