Druggists’ stir till midnight tonight

Bhubaneswar: Utkal Chemist and Druggist association has called for a 24 hours bandh on Wednesday protesting against the online sale of medicine.

According to sources, the stir which started on yesterday midnight will continue till midnight tonight. As many as 18,000 medicine stores across the State will be remain closed during the 24 hour bandh.

However the medicine stores located on premises of hospital campuses will be exempted from the State wide strike, the sources added.

The association has alleged that though it had submitted a memorandum to chief minister Naveen Patnaik and health minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak not to allow online sale of medicines in the State, no steps has been taken yet.