So, patients would be forced to buy medicines from government pharmacies or hospitals. They have three reasons for this-to oppose online pharmacies, to speak up against the e-portal as mandated by the government, and to have their views on the Central drug act amendment, where the government has mandated the presence of pharmacies in all stores, be taken into consideration.
The chemist body is also likely to hold a demonstration at Jantar Mantar today.
In the wake of the round-the-clock strike called by medical stores, the Drugs Control Department has made elaborate arrangements to ensure the uninterrupted supply of medicines to the needy in Karnataka.
"We have been asked to upload all information related to sale of medicines on a portal, which is not possible with the existing infrastructure", said a senior member of AIOCD.
If you have been trying to get medicines between late last night and this morning, you would've realised that pharmaceutical stores across the country have gone on strike.
Shinde said AIOCD members were also unhappy with government's plan to make it mandatory for all retailers and chemists to register, and provide all details of the medicines received, sold and returned to the manufacturer.
"If our demands are not met, we will go on an indefinite strike", AIOCD president Jagannath Shinde told PTI in Mumbai. Further they have also cited the threat to their own business due to online pharmacy.
In November last, AIOCD had postponed its proposed nationwide strike on November 23 after Union Health Ministry assured it that it will look into the issue of online sale of medicines and other matters raised by the group.
"Over 60 per cent rural India has no qualified doctors, and now the government has stipulated sale of medicines only through a prescription by a qualified medico, as one of the conditions in the e-portal".