More than 80% of Indian population is forced to get treated in privately managed hospitals when nearly 45 crore people are living below the poverty line. The majority of urban and rural population is spending 40-60 percent of their earned income in buying medicines.
Underlining all the facts quoted above, Federation of Medical and Sales Representative Association of India with a membership of about 1 lakh members is struggling to commence a specific medicine policy by government which should be in favor of common citizens.
To continue the same, Rajasthan Medical and Sales Representatives’ Union held a strike for a day, in which hundreds of medical representatives (MR) participated. They protested and demanded that their wants must be heard.
Criticism of International pharmacy companies was on the top in MR’s demands. They say “these international companies are taking over Indian Pharmacy businesses and distorting the drug price; they are also creating a type of confusion by releasing same medicines with two different names and selling it at two different prices”.
The agitating MR’s tried to draw the attention of the concerned authorities towards five more demands.
In short, they demanded that prohibiting the takeover of Indian companies by international pharmaceutical corporations must be prohibited, vaccine making units can be re-started in public places, life saving drugs should be produced under strict price control through DPCO, all medicines should be price controlled while life saving medicines should have minimum price and all pharma companies that are indulged in black marketing and illegal business must be thoroughly investigate.
Medical Representatives from all over the country participated in this one day strike and keep themselves away from work.
A group of MR proceeded towards court circle chanting slogans insisting to fulfill their demands.