9 lakh chemists across India on strike today
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Over 9 lakh chemists across the country are observing a day-long nationwide strike today to protest against stringent regulations on the sale of medicines in the country and the squeeze on margins of retailers. However, emergency service pharmacies in and around hospitals will remain open, Sandeep Nangia, president, Retail Distributors Chemists Association.

Drug retailers have long been demanding a hike in retailers margins, which is currently fixed at 16%. Retailers argue the margin is inadequate as the government and the regulator want them to maintain a certain infrastructure and facility including air conditioning etc. AIOCD has been making representations to the government against the recent changes in regulations as well as unviability of their businesses but said no response has been received, forcing them to observe a strike

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