Pharmacies likely to remain closed today

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So, patients would be forced to buy medicines from government pharmacies or hospitals.

The chemist body is also likely to hold a demonstration at Jantar Mantar tomorrow to highlight their concerns.

The reports also add that the organization had several advance notices to the Prime Minister's office, the health ministry, the home ministry and the Central Drugs Standard control organization. Which would make it possible for anyone to purchase medicines online.

They say it is a risky scenario and can lead to counterfeiting and irrational usage of medicines which could lead to drug reactions.

"This is an absolutely wrong idea in a country like India where it will have long-term repercussions". Most chemists in Bengaluru and other parts of Karnataka also shut shop in support of the nationwide shutdown.

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Addressing a press conference here on Friday the president of Chemist and Druggist Association of Goa (CDAG), Prasad Tamba, said "There are 600 pharmacies in the state which will remain closed for 24 hours on May 30".

"It is unfortunate that instead of leveraging these technologies to improve their business and the experience of patients, the AIOCD has chosen to take a negative stance", he says.

Prashant Tandon, President of the Indian Internet Pharmacy Association (IIPA) and Founder of online pharma portal 1mg, believes that the present government is committed to reforming India's healthcare sector.

According to the government no retailer/chemist/e-pharmacist outlet shall be permitted to sell any medicine or drug unless such pharmacy is registered on the e-portal.

RDCA said almost 14,000 chemist shops were shut in Delhi alone on Tuesday but almost 3,000 were allowed to do business keeping patients' interests in mind. The chemists have said that they oppose online pharmacies since they being a threat to their own business.

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