The pharma sector announced a protest and a strike against the Punjab Drug Act 2017, in the provincial capital and other areas of the province, on Thursday.
Medical store owners across Punjab observed a shutter-down strike during the protest, making it increasingly difficult for citizens to purchase medicines, Express News reported.
Shop owners in Lahore, Multan, Hafizabad, Kamalia, Toba Tek Singh, Rajan Pur, Jhaniyan and Sohawa took part in the strike.
In Faisalabad, patients were severely handicapped due to the unavailability of medicines after the chemist and drug association launched the strike.
Pharmacies and stores in Kundiyan, Chasma, Pipla, Harnoli, Bhakkar, Bhawalanagar also participated in the protest along with the district.
Under the Punjab Drug Act 2017, it is mandatory for a certified pharmacist to be present in medical stores.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 27th, 2018.