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Chemists on protest demanding abolishment of new KP Drug Act

Chemists on protest demanding abolishment of new KP Drug Act

Chemist shops are closed in protest by KP Chemists Association

May 16, 2018

PESHAWAR: The drug stores owners in Pakhtunkhwa on Wednesday continued their strike and protests throughout the province against the new KP Drug Act 2018, demanding its abolishment.

While the government in response has said that through this act they want to stop quakes and fake doctors from running clinics and selling medicine to patients. The act also called for ensuring the presence of pharmacist (a person who is professionally qualified to prepare and dispense medicinal drugs) in all medical stores. It also specified other rules such as size of medical store, required temperature for medicine and related guidelines for stores.

The closure of  medical stores has created problems for patients across the province because they cannot buy medicine prescribed by doctors.

The protesters in detailed statement said the strike is being held under the banner of KP All Chemist and Druggist Association against the Drug Act 2018 which they allege has deprived them of their rights. They have said they will continue their protest till acceptance of their demands and threaten that government will be responsible for any loss during the agitation. They alleged they had tried to resolve the issue through talks, but the provincial government was not serious in resolution of the issue. On the other hand, the KP government says the demands of chemists are not genuine, and they just want to protect their personal interests.

During Tuesday’s protests, the customers struggled to find medicines as drug stores owners kept their stores closed and blocked roads in different parts of KP. The situation is similar today due to which the people needing medicines are facing a lot of difficulties.

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