Experience in a chemist shop doesn’t qualify a person as ‘pharmacist’

All India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists (AIOCD), had demanded to register those in pharmacy council, who have spent more than five years in the chemist's shop. However, the Pharmacy Council Of India, rejected this demand. The Pharmacy Council Of India, has written a letter to the central government saying, those who do not have a pharmacy degree will not be registered in the Pharmacy Council Of India

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Since the year 2008, All India Organisation Of Chemists and Druggists, have been demanding that those who work in the chemist shop should be made a pharmacist. In the year 2013, Jagannath Shinde, the president of All India Organisation Of Chemists And Druggists, wrote a letter to the health minister by demanding the same.

To become a pharmacist, it is necessary to study medicine. For this, D. Phram and B. Pharm degrees are needed. Moreover, to work as a pharmacist in chemist shops, they have to register with the Pharmacy Council Of India. After which, they can then work in the chemist shop.

The health department of the central government had written a letter to the Pharmacy Council of India, by demanding an answer regarding, if a person working in chemist shop, for more than five years, can be registered in the Pharmacy Council of India ? To which, the Pharmacy Council Of India, replied, those who do not have a pharmacy degree will not get registered in pharmacy council of India.

Kailas Tandle, president, Maharashtra Registered Pharmacists Association  said, “To become a pharmacist, one has to do B. Pharm or D. Pharm. How, a person who worked for five years can be taught  six months course and can be given a pharmacist degree? This can be risky for a patient’s life. That is why, the Pharmacy Council Of India, has written a letter to the central government saying, those who do not have a pharmacy degree will not get registered in pharmacy council of India.”

Dr Jagannath Shinde, president of All India Organisation Of Chemists And Druggists, said, “”Often, after getting older, the pharmacists of some chemists, demand the status of the pharmacist, to be given to their next generation. Therefore, we demanded to register the other person as a pharmacist rather than cancel the earlier license. However, the council has denied this demand. Now we will see as to what can be done about this.”