The Kashmir Valley pharmaceutical traders are in uproar over the new drug policy of the Jammu and Kashmir State.
The State cabinet approved the new drug policy after a meeting held on Jan 12, 2012, under the chairmanship of chief minister Omar Abdullah. It was released to check the rampant sale of spurious drugs in the state.
The new drug policy will include a selection committee comprising of various clinicians, microbiologists, pharmacists and independent experts, who will put out an essential drugs list every two years. The policy will also include the strengthening of the Drug and Food Control Organisation and drug testing laboratories.
This policy was approved to rationalize the use of drugs in the State. Health professionals will also be trained in the concept of essential drugs, generic prescribing and rational use of drugs, under the new policy.
However the pharmaceutical dealers are convinced that the new policy will be beneficial to only a handful of dealers leaving the smaller businesses adversely affected.
All the pharmaceutical dealers and retailers have now decided to go on a two- day strike, starting Feb 24 2012. The apex body of the pharmaceutical dealers called for this strike reported the Hindu Business Line.