New Delhi: Opposing the new Schedule HX introduced by the Central government in the Drug and Cosmetic Act, medical stores in Delhi, Rajasthan, Haryana and Orissa have decided to keep their shutters down on Monday.

Under the aegis of All India Chemist and Distribution Federation (AICDF), the pharmacists will hold a peaceful demonstration wearing black arm bands at Jantar Mantar and follow it with a gherao of the Parliament.

However, Retailers and Distributors Chemist Association (RDCA) has decided not to close their stores. According to the association, no notification has been carried out in this regard and staging protest and closing shops was not a solution to it.

As per AICDF president Kailash Gupta, under the pressure from multi-national companies, the Union Health Ministry has decided to come up with Schedule HX in the Drug and Cosmetic Act. Ninety antibiotics and other medicines have been included under Schedule HX.

The section 1 of the schedule includes those medicines which would be provided directly to hospitals which have the minimal facilities of medical test.

Whereas, under Section 2, doctors will have to make double prescriptions for the sale of 74 identified antibiotics and medicines. The chemists will have to keep a record of these prescriptions for a period of two years.

“After the implementation of the proposed changes, customers will face problem in finding the required medicines at one medical store,” said Gupta.

He added there was some collusion between doctors and drug companies so that patients go to a medical store where all medicines prescribed by a particular doctor are available.

Meanwhile, RDCA secretary Rajiv Bhatia said they will wait for the final notification, however, it was true that the proposed move is not in the interest of medical store owners.

JPN/Bureau