Home  >  Editorial
Editorial
+ Font Resize -

UNQUALIFIED PERSONS IN TRADE

P A Francis
Wednesday, December 07, 2016, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

There has been news reports in the media last month about a proposal from the Union health ministry to launch a refresher course for unqualified persons dispensing medicines in retail outlets. The move is in the context of reported non availability of pharmacists to work in medical shops in many parts of the country. The issue was brought up to the attention of the health ministry by All India Organization of Chemists & Druggists, the national body of pharmaceutical trade. AIOCD pointed out that thousands of retail chemist shops in the north and north east are facing this problem and may have to close down as their license renewals are due this month. States which are facing this problem are West Bengal, Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Orissa. At a recent meeting, the trade body urged the ministry to launch a short term course for those persons who are not qualified pharmacists but are already handling medicines in these states. The ministry’ plan is to issue certificates to these candidates on completion of the course making them eligible to obtain retail drug licences. With such a course, retail shops in these states would be able to overcome the shortage of pharmacists. This initiative of health ministry is part Central government’s Skill Development Mission which has already developed several courses for healthcare professionals. This course is expected to help utilisation of locally available talent after skilling them properly.

What merit the ministry’s proposal has is indeed a debatable issue. Pharmacist bodies across the country are objecting to the move as according to them there are thousands of degree and diploma holders in pharmacy available in the country and they are unemployed. The proposal will also be in violation of the provisions of Pharmacy Act and Drugs & Cosmetics Act which stipulate presence of a qualified pharmacist to dispense medicines in a retail shop. Therefore, persons without a degree or diploma in pharmacy should not be allowed to dispense medicines with the qualification of just a short term course. Pharmacy Council of India has not taken a clear stand on this controversial proposal so far. Now the question is whether unemployed qualified pharmacists are willing to take up a job as a pharmacist at the retail chemists shops in urban and semi urban areas. Most of them are small run by individuals and not by companies and therefore a degree holder in pharmacy may not take up a job in such a shop. And owners of chemists shops in the country are either unable to or not willing to pay a salary expected by the pharmacists. The issue of addressing non availability of pharmacists in the less developed regions of the country needs to be done in consideration of these factors.

 

Post Your commentsPOST YOUR COMMENT
Comments
* Name :     
* Email :   
  Website :  
   
     
Bimalendu Chakraborty. May 23, 2017 7:56 PM
Pharmcist present by paper.but physicslly no work in medical retsil shop.salsry get 50000 per month.daily sale retail medicine shop 2000.how is it possable to get salary 5000.permonth.shopkeeper sale medicine by prescription.It isa very back dated low.please solve the problem in westbengal.
Sachin Apr 26, 2017 10:25 AM
These uneducated people working in pharmacy shops has dragged pharma graduates level down to gutter level as they are willing to work for 12-16 hours at very low salary and being a pharma graduate myself i spent 5 lacks for this course and if we expect a salary of our choice thn there is nothing wrong with it plus most of our jobs have been taken up by BA Bsc graduates or by uneducated people therefore us pharmacy graduates are unemployed . strict action should b taken against this to uplift the future of this proffession
Yk Jan 16, 2017 10:57 AM
The parmacist allow to open the shop. Most of customer purchased medcine whithout prescription of doctor if uneducated person deal that customer its very dangerous for customer. So government should monitoring that shop who run whithout pharmacist. And only pharmacist run chemist shop as owner.
Ravi Dec 26, 2016 8:47 PM
Only Registered Pharmacist should open the Pharmacy.
others not allowed.
Banks not give Loans to Others to operate the Pharmacy
Please dont play with the Public Health.
Quacks should be avoid and penalized.
now a days Pharmacy become highly scientific Technical area
short term course can not met the standard.
Dr RN GUPTA Dec 10, 2016 7:56 PM
In this context Pl see
Shortage can be met by opening of two year Pharmacy Diploma course .
In the past several state branch of AIOCD had also set up pharmacy institutes in several states on seeing that dilution would not be permitted by our Govt.
If AIOCD shows shortage then they should open more and more colleges and they should demand for doubling of seats in those states.
Villages people can not be exposed by unqualified person . Antibiotic Drug Resistance,Adverse drug Reaction, wrong dispensing, bad storage,drug drug interaction, easy availability of prescription drugs to masses etc are the main problem in our country creating huge no of patients and hospitalization and crowd in hospital.
Community Pharmacy is Profession not trade - published in your bulletin .
Person engaged in pharmacy as sales man and Pharmacist in whose name license of Pharmacy is issued , also required salary for livelihood. Govt notified Minimum wages about Rs 350 per day for unskilled , but on
Dr. R. S. Thakur Dec 10, 2016 3:37 PM
Dear Mr. Francis,
FIPO's response to your Editorial is as follows.

The basic issue is:
1. how all those shops, who may have to close down now were issued the licence?
2. Whether all the licences were issued without having verified availability of pharmacist for each
shop?
3. If, all of them had Pharmacist at the time of granting licence, where are those pharmacists now?
4. How many medicine shops are required in the country?
5. Whether doctors are available in rural areas?
6. If registered allopathic medical practitioners are not available in rural areas, on whose
prescription the shops will sell medicines because more than 95% of all allopathic medicines are
Scheduled drugs in the Drugs and Cosmetics rules, 1945, which are to be sold by retail only on the
prescription of registered medical practitioner.
7. If doctor's son cann't be a doctor unless he gets M.B.B.S. degree, If advocate's son cann't become
advocate unless he gets a law degree. The same is true for d
vibha singh Dec 10, 2016 12:20 PM
This problem is faced by every pharmacist in India . Bachelor degree holders needs a better salary offered for a pharmacist in private hospitals ,as the government hospitals are less in number as compared to degree holders. Some innovative and better action must be taken by ministry of health to place better opportunity for qualified pharmacists.
Federation of Indian Pharmacists' Organisations Dec 10, 2016 9:11 AM
Dear Mr. Francis,
FIPO's response to your Editorial is as follows.

The basic issue is:
1. how all those shops, who may have to close down now were issued the licence?
2. Whether all the licences were issued without having verified availability of pharmacist for each
shop?
3. If, all of them had Pharmacist at the time of granting licence, where are those pharmacists now?
4. How many medicine shops are required in the country?
5. Whether doctors are available in rural areas?
6. If registered allopathic medical practitioners are not available in rural areas, on whose
prescription the shops will sell medicines because more than 95% of all allopathic medicines are
Scheduled drugs in the Drugs and Cosmetics rules, 1945, which are to be sold by retail only on the
prescription of registered medical practitioner.
7. If doctor's son cann't be a doctor unless he gets M.B.B.S. degree, If advocate's son cann't become
advocate unless he gets a law degree. The same is true for d
 
PITS_2017
Pre-Connect Congress 2017
acssymposium
PHARMACONNECT_2018
 
 
 
 
Copyright © 2016 Saffron Media Pvt. Ltd |