Chemists and druggists across the city observed a bandh today till 2 pm in support of the all India strike called by their association in protest of the new Drug Prices Control Act.

The owners of medical stores under the banner of Mysore District Chemists and Druggists Association numbering about 100 staged a protest in front of DC office in city, alleging that the Act had proposals which would cut their profits substantially, making the business unviable for many. The Association is demanding no reduction in trade margins, as proposed in the new drug policy and also not to allow FDI in pharma trades.

The protest was led by Association President Manjunath, Raghavan of Raghulal and Co, Narendra Babu, Javeed, Kumar, Chandru and others.

The protestors later presented a memorandum to Keshava Prasad, Special Tahasildar at the DC office who received the same and said that he would forward the memorandum to the officials concerned.

Huge rush were witnessed at medical stores in hospitals like Apollo BGS Hospital, Aditya Hospital, BM Hospital, Chandrakala Hospital, Mission Hospital, Janatha Bazaar unit in K.R.Hospital and other hospitals in the city as medical stores in Ashoka Road, Sayyaji Rao Road, Dhanvantri Road and other places had downed the shutters.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore