The All India Organisation of Chemists & Druggists (AIOCD) has called a nationwide chemists’ strike today demanding action from the Centre against illegal online sale of medicines.

AIOCD President J S Shinde said that his organisation strongly opposes the government’s move to regularise sale of medicines through the internet in the form of ‘e-Pharmacy’, in larger public interest.

He also claimed that it is illegal to sell medicines online under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940. Shinde added, “We may resort to indefinite strike, if the Centre fails to resolve the issue immediately.”

He further claimed that online pharmacies are supplying products including I-pill, anti-depressants, codeine cough syrups without confirming the authenticity of prescription and patients.

The state FDA had recently raided 27 online pharmacies in Mumbai, Thane and Pune and seized drugs worth crores.