The Karnataka State Registered Pharmacists Association (KSRPA) has sought an amendment to Rule 64 (1) of the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules to permit only registered pharmacists to get licenses to open medical shops. This view of KSRPA has been endorsed by the Pharmacy of Council of India (PCI), which has asked the CDSCO to look into the matter.
Last month the Association brought to the notice of the PCI that the country had more registered pharmacists than the medical shops which were brimming in every nook and corner of the country.
While India accounts 4.5 lakh medical shops and over 6 lakh registered pharmacists, Karnataka’s total registered pharmacists is 66,000 of which 40,000 are actively practicing by regularly renewing their registration.
The total drug license issued is to around 30,000 which is almost 18,000 retail pharmacy outlets. The Association is of the view that this would help to expand the career openings for qualified pool of pharmacists.
Ashokswamy Heroor, president, KSRPA in his communique said, “Almost all states have drug manufacturing units and pharmacy colleges, drugs control departments and active pharmacy councils to safeguard the rights and privileges of the registered pharmacists by virtue of the enforcement of Section 42 of the Pharmacy Act.
Moreover, PCI’s Pharmacy Practice Regulations (PPR-2015) has helped the registered pharmacists with a professional standing to seek jobs with suitable remuneration and also recognized all over the world.
Yet despite their professional standards, ethics and proficiency, the reality is that registered pharmacists are underpaid, under-employed or unemployed. Very few job opportunities are available in the government and organized sector.
Therefore the only way to help registered pharmacists strengthen their profession is to modify Rule 64(1) of the Drugs & Cosmetics so that medical shop license should be granted only to a registered pharmacist or he must be the managing director of the company dealing with medical supply distribution, said Heroor.
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