The Maharashtra State Chemists and Druggists Association withdrew its threat to strike in protest of the government’s action to prohibit the sale of allopathic medicine under the prescription of non-allopathy docs. The decision was made after the government agreed to allow dispensation of allopathy drugs against prescriptions of all doctors including ayurveda, homeopathy, unani, etc on Tuesday.
“The state government agreed that, barring abortion drugs, all other allopathy drugs can be dispensed against the prescriptions of all doctors. Hence, we have withdrawn the proposed bandh,” said Anil Navandhar, secretary, Maharashtra State Chemists and Druggists Association.
“The minister promised us that Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) officials would not harass chemists over trivial issues,” added Navandhar. “And, if at all any action has to be taken against a chemist, it will be initiated as per sections of the Food and Drugs Act 1940. Various other issues related to chemists will be taken up at a meeting which is scheduled for July 26.”
Earlier in the day, a large number of homeopathy and ayurveda doctors had held a rally in protest against the FDA directive and presented a charter of demands to the district collector.