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1200 medicine stores to shut for 24 hours in Mysuru District

Mysuru, September 27:- At least 1200 retail and wholesale stores of chemists and druggists in Mysuru would shut down for 24 hours from September 27 midnight to September 28 midnight in protest against online sale of medicine through e-pharmacies, according to N Narendra Babu, vice president of Mysuru District Chemists and Druggists’ Association.

Speaking to CityToday over phone, he said the bandh is in support of the All-India Bandh called by the All India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists (AIOCD).

However, the pharmacies at various government and privates hospitals in the city and district would function as normal. There will not be inconvenience to the patients at the hospitals.

“The online sale of drugs would cause heavy loss for our members and it would be hazardous to the public health at large. Particularly, the tech-savvy young generation will suffer irreparable damage,” says the AIOCD.

“The central government and the State Food and Drug Administration were informed about numerous cases of illegal online sale of medicines by e-pharmacies, they have still remained silent. Online players are rampantly violating provisions of Drugs and Cosmetic Act.” (NGB)

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