Medical shops to remain closed on May 30

Medical shops to remain closed on May 30
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The All India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists (AIOCD), Seema Andhra Drug Dealers Association (SADDA), Prakasam District Drug Dealers Association (PDDDA) announced that medical will remain closed on May 30 as a protest against the Union government’s decision to allow sale of medicines through internet.

Ongole: The All India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists (AIOCD), Seema Andhra Drug Dealers Association (SADDA), Prakasam District Drug Dealers Association (PDDDA) announced that medical will remain closed on May 30 as a protest against the Union government’s decision to allow sale of medicines through internet.

The SADDA president D Krishna Reddy said, “We are witnessing many youths in Hyderabad and Vijayawada being caught using drugs for like cough syrup with Kodin, Diazepam, Alprazolam, Buprenorphine for kick and getting addicted to them. Allowing their sale online by any prescription means nothing but encouraging bad habits in the youth.

In a survey conducted in the USA, which has more than 4,000 online drug stores, revealed that they are sending drugs even without a valid prescription. In fact, the online stores cannot judge that whether prescription is genuine or not. Online drug stores also have many adversaries like the sale of drugs like oral contraceptive pills and pills to increase sex drive.

On the other side, allowing the sale of medicine through websites affect 8.5 lakh medical shops in the country, 30,000 shops in the state as well as 40 lakh families depended on them. So we are going to shut down the medical shops across the country on May 30 for 24 hours demanding the Central government to take back its decision.”

The associations’ members, including president of PDDDA N Hanumantha Rao, general secretary Pavuluri Sridhar, treasurer K Ramanujam and others, released a wall poster about the nation-wide strike of medical shops here on Friday.

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