Mumbai: Chemist association to launch a massive protest against FDA  

Chemist and druggist in Maharashtra have decided to launch a massive protest against the FDA for not taking action against online pharmacy in the state. Over 1,000 chemist and druggist will join a protest march against the  Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on July 16

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The Maharashtra State Chemist and Druggist Association has alleged that the FDA department is not taking appropriate action against illegal pharmacies which are operating online.

In India, there is no law which can govern and keep a check on the online pharmacies in the country.

The union government is considering a proposal to permit the online pharmacies to supply medicines in the country.

The government has mulled a draft proposal in this regards, which is still under consideration.

The Maharashtra Chemist and Druggist Association has alleged that the online pharmacy business is booming in India, the Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not taken any action against the illegal online pharmacies.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Maharashtra Chemist and Druggist Association, President, Hukumraj Mehta, said, “Birth control and sleeping pills are easily available on online portals, as there is no law to prevent this. Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis assured that state legislative assembly that the government is considering to bring in a law, to monitor and control online pharmacies. We are going to protest against teh FDA as they have not taken any measures to stop the sale of medicines online.”

Prasad Danave, President of The Retail and Dispensing Chemist Association, said, “There is no law which exists in India, which gives permission to operate an online pharmacy. But, there are a number of platforms which are providing online pharmacy services. This is also paving a way for malpractices. The FDA has an authority to act against these illegal pharmacies. But, the FDA is not taking any action against them. On July 16, we will launch a protest and meet the FDA officers to present our demands.”

While Kailash Tandel, President of Maharashtra Registered Pharmacy Association, said, “A few months ago, the Maharashtra Chemist and Druggist Association had accepted the online pharmacy model. And now they are opposing it.”