Pharmacies to remain closed on Friday

Pharmacies across India are preparing to keep their shutters closed on Friday, September 28, in protest against a recent gazette notification issuing amendments to the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1945.
 
The amendment recognises and legalises e-pharmacies, which, according to a report by NDTV, is being held up as a cause for concern at the All India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists.
 
The Karnataka chapter of the chemists' body, KCDA, is also taking part in the protest. There are 26,000 retail medical shops in Karnataka, of which 20,000 come under the KCDA.
 
As reported by the Indian Express, KCDA general secretary A K Jeevan alleged that e-pharmacies violate the rules concerning discounts stipulated in the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority

The Authority's policy on drug price control stipulates a margin of 16% to retailers, so how can e-pharmacies issue discounts in the range of 60-70%, he asked.
 
When DH checked e-pharmacy portals like Practo and Med Plus they were offering discounts of up to 45% by splitting it into upfront discount and cashback.

However, while store pharmacies will be keeping their shutters closed, hospital pharmacies will continue to operate as usual.

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