HC asks chemists,state to sort out issues

Advocate General Darius Khambata told the court that a committee had been appointed under the medical education secretary to resolve the issues concerning chemists.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:September 3, 2013 1:30 am

The Bombay High Court Monday asked Maharashtra State Chemist and Druggist Association (MSCDA) and the state government to engage in a dialogue to prevent the pharmacy shop owners from going on strike.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had earlier issued showcause notices to 2,100 chemists across the state and booked 35 for allegedly not maintaining records while dispensing abortion drugs.

Advocate General Darius Khambata told the court that a committee had been appointed under the medical education secretary to resolve the issues concerning chemists. Three members of this committee were office bearers of the Association of Chemists and Druggists,he said. Khambata said the committee was functioning and meetings were being held regularly.

The PIL was filed by lawyer Dutta Mane after 6,000 chemists in the city and 75,000 chemists across the state had called for a three-day strike in May to protest against the action initiated by FDA for not complying with the Drugs and Cosmetics Act. The strike was later called off.

The state said minutes of the meetings would be communicated to the MSCDA in two weeks.

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