Pharmacists opposed Schedule K amendment and protest at Delhi
Pharmacists, all over the India are opposing Union Health Ministry’s Notification dated 06th November, 2019 regarding proposal to amendment in Schedule K of the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules which is allowing unqualified or lesser qualified workers to dispatch medicines.
More than 3,000 pharmacists, including leaders and members of 36 associations of pharmacists working in public and private sectors gathered at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi at 2 pm on November 29, to protest against the Union Health Ministry’s Notification dated 06th November, 2019 regarding proposal to amend serial number 23 in Schedule K of the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules to empower community health workers like ASHAs to supply/dispense medicines more than 80 types of different drugs under Schedule K at sub-centres in rural & urban health centres in the light of National Health Policy 2017.
Mr. Vikas Tushir (president) and Jasbir Mann, General Secretary, AKHIL BHARATIYA PHARMCOP ASSOCIATION, And Secretary Delhi, HQ AISGPA, who was one of the key Pharmacists who mobilized Pharmacists from all over India to Jantar Mantar said "Dispensing and handling of medicines should be made as per the norms of Pharmacy Act, and they should not be made as a duty of raw, unregistered and unqualified people. Section 42 of Pharmacy Act should be strictly implemented in its true spirit. He also told that there are more than 1.3 million registered Pharmacists are available in India then why MoFW is not utilizing the same in a right way.
Further, Mr. Deepak Trehan, President, Pharmacy Graduates Welfare Association briefed that Pharmacy Council of India is also against the said amendment in Schedule K and referred the Key Policy Principles of NHP-2017 wherein government is committed to provide quality healthcare to the Indian population without any discrimination on caste, creed, financial status and geographical location. Further, he told that Medicines are two edged weapon. Their precise use cures but indiscriminate use results in new complications, health hazard, disability or even death. Consult your Pharmacist.