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Separate Drug Ministry Sought

Published: 16th December 2013 10:44 AM

Last Updated: 16th December 2013 10:44 AM

A separate Union ministry for pharmaceuticals was sought to protect the pharmacists in the country, by Amitav Joyprakash Choudhury, convenor of Indian Pharmacist Revolution Yatra(IPRY).

Speaking to reporters, Amitav observed that pharmacists were the backbone of the life-saving drugs.

He also urged the Centre to amend the Acts including Drug and Cosmetics & Acts 1940 & 1945, Pharmacy Act 1948, and National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) Act. It also demanded that a Central Register of Pharmacist be created by Pharmacy Council of India.

“We welcome the low cost insulin and the low-cost drug store schemes of the State and we request the State to increase the number of stores to cover all the taluks in the State”, he observed. 

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