Chemists’ shops likely to remain shut on May 30

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BENGALURU: Keep your essential medicines in store, as most of the chemists’ shops are likely to remain closed to support a nationwide ‘bandh’ on May 30 called by All India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists to protest against online sale of drugs.
However, chemists’ shops attached to the nursing homes and hospitals-both private and government will not be affected.
M K Mayanna, President of Bruhath Bengaluru Chemists and Druggists association told TOI that the ‘bandh’ is to protest against the online sale drugs and also against the proposed e-portal. However, the associations of druggist in the state are to confirm their participation in the protest.
When contacted, the state drugs controller, Dr B T Khanapure, said that measures will be taken to manage emergency cases. “We shall shortly publish the name and contact details of nodal officers in state who can be contacted by public in case of any citizen inconveniences on the ‘bandh’ day. The drug stores inside the hospitals will remain open. However, I suggest the public keep their essential medicine in store before May 30,” said Dr Khanapure.
Besides, the drugs controller has also asked the druggists’ union to make sure that atleast one store is kept open in each locality.

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