J&K sans Pharmacy Council:Over 300 chemists fear losing registration
Srinagar, Jan 6:
More than 300 chemists are at the risk of losing registration as Union
Territory administration has failed to establish Pharmacy Council for renewing
This follows the
abolition of J&K Pharmacy Council after the state became union territory on
October 31. Earlier J&K Pharmacy Council was mandated to grant registration
and renew drug licenses of the chemists. However, the Council ceased to exist
post October 31.
An official of
Health Department said Jammu and Kashmir is yet to establish new body as per
the Centre Pharmacy Act 1948.
“The Pharmacy Act
is in place since November 1 when Jammu and Kashmir became Union Territory.
However, there is no mechanism in place for registrations and renewals of
licenses because Pharmacy Council has been abolished,” he said.
There are 25000
chemists and druggists in J&K. Licences of more than 300 pharmacists are
awaiting renewals since October 31.
A medical shop
owner said threat of closure looms large as their licenses have not been
“Government should establish Pharmacy Council
at the earliest in Jammu and Kashmir. There is also a fear that many
pharmacists may lose registration under the central act. Under the central act,
there is no provision of registration for matriculates as pharmacists,” he
Jammu and Kashmir
Chemists and Druggists Association said Drug Department has suggested licence
holders may be given breathing time of three years till they qualify for
holding license under Drug Act 1948.
Commissioner, Health and Medical Education Department, Atul Dulloo said
government is establishing Pharmacy Council in 10 days. “Pharmacists can renew
licenses as Pharmacy Council is being established in 10 days. New licences will
be issued as per the central Act,” he said.