The national drug pricing body recently announced an annual change of 10.76 per cent in the Wholesale Price Index (WPI) for over 800 scheduled drugs and medical devices. These include some of the most common drugs such as paracetamol, azithromycin and contraceptives
In the recent past, the elimination of TB has been given the highest priority by the government.
The All India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists (AIOCD) has opposed the government's decision, stating e-pharmacy poses threat to their business and could lead to the risk of drug abuse.
Licences of those chemists who sell in excess to the prescribed quantity, will be cancelled, said Maharashtra state food, drugs and civil supplies minister Girish Bapat.
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Chemists' associations will protest the FDA's crackdown on chemists operating without qualified pharmacists. There are around 55,000 chemists in Maharashtra of which 7,000 operate in Mumbai.<br /><br />