Bhubaneswar, October 15 : Nearly 18,000 medicine shops in Odisha participated in the nation-wide 24-hour strike of chemists protesting the online sale of medicines on Wednesday.
The medicine stores remained closed till midnight. The strike in the State was spearheaded by the Utkal Chemists and Druggists Association (UCDA).
Association said online sale of medicines would lead to unabated misuse of drugs and the Government should not allow this to happen.
On the other hand Health Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak said the strike was not acceptable. The chemists also warned of an indefinite strike if the Government failed to address the issue within a week.