Medical stores go on strike in Punjab

Feb 13, 2017
medicines- LAHORE: Protesting against the Drug Act 1976, wholesale dealers, factory owners, medical stores, and pharmacies will remain shut from Monday (today) demanding the government to withdraw the amendments to the law. Meantime the other group deferred its protest strike till February 17. According to Chairman Pakistan Pharmaceuticals Association Chairman (North Zone) Dr. Tahir Azam, all factories and medical stores will remained closed today. Azam said wholesale dealers and factory owners will take out a rally from Lahore Press Club to Punjab Assembly today. Vowing not to be influenced or blackmailed by anyone, Punjab government announced to remove reservations of the chemists. Punjab Minister for Primary and Secondary Health Khawaja Imran Nazir said it is the foremost priority of the government to provide medicines at standard and uniform prices. Meantime, the health minister talked to Punjab Chemists & Druggists Association and convinced them to disown the strike. Later, Chairman Punjab Chemists & Druggists Association announced that all medical stores will remain open across the province. It should be mentioned here that the new amendments holds all unregistered medicines as fake—an offense punishable with heavy fines. According to the new amendment, it is compulsory to be a pharmacist to run a medical store. –SAMAA

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