The Maharashtra State Chemists & Druggists Association (MSCDA) decided on Monday not to go ahead with its three-day strike after Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) minister Satej Patil met members of the association. Patil,along with FDA officials,had a three-hour discussion with MSDCA members.
The MSCDA had called the strike to protest alleged harassment by drug inspectors over sale of pills for medical termination of pregnancy. Many issues were resolved at the meeting. One of the main problems was action being taken against errant chemists. It was observed that drug inspectors were taking undue advantage because there was no clarity on malpractices and corresponding penalties. This issue was extensively discussed. We have also demanded that a pharmacist be present in every chemist shop to maintain necessary records and prescriptions, said Patil.
The association insisted that action should not be taken against chemists unnecessarily. Doctors,who have more of a role to play in case of illegal prescriptions,should be held equally responsible. We will form a State Drug Advisory committee comprising members from the FDA and the chemist/pharmacist fraternity. The committee will meet four times a year, said FDA (Maharashtra) commissioner,Mahesh Zhagade.
We have been assured that our issues will be looked into and necessary steps will be taken, said J S Shinde,president,MSCDA.