Just as political parties bring out their manifesto with promises they will fulfil when they come to power, in a similar way, the Maharashtra Registered Pharmacists Association have released a manifesto which states their demands and questions which require answers from the government. The Association has made this manifesto to voice their concerns and demands.
- The Association has also spoken against E-pharmacy and why they consider the buying and selling of medicine online as illegal.
- There are 8 lakhs pharmacies and wholesale drug retailers in India. 50 lakh people gain employment through this profession.
- The government has not provided any concessions to increase this number. E-pharmacy is an option for these sellers and it has recognition.
- The pharmacists are against this, yet this issue has no mention in manifesto, nor have political parties aired their opinions about this.
- Even though the government hospitals provide free treatment, they do not have adequate medicine. These medicines are still taxed. They have highlighted such issues in their manifesto.
- The Maharashtra Registered Pharmacists Association has put forward these issues and demands in their manifesto.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Kailash Tandle, President of Maharashtra Registered Pharmacy Association, said, “Pharmacists bridge the gap between doctors and patients. In foreign countries, doctors provide treatment to patients. While the pharmacists prescribe the medicine. Our country does not have such a system.”
Tandle further added, “In the Lok Sabha elections, each political parties present their manifesto focus on their work of development. But no one has thought about the pharmacists. We have been voicing our demands since several years in front of the government but they have not paid any attention. The government should focus their attention towards us and take notice of our demands.”