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Push for low drug prices

Dec. 16: Nearly 150 sales and medical representatives took out a bike rally here today as part of the golden jubilee celebration of the Federation of Medical and Sales Representatives Association of India (FMRAI).

The rally was organised by the Kamrup (metro) district committee of the Centre of Medical and Sales Representatives’ Union (CRU), a sub-unit of the federation.

The participants stressed the importance of regulating the increasing prices of all medicines in the retail market to ensure that sick people from economically weak sections of society did not remain deprived of medicines.

Carrying the official flag of the federation and banners, the participants began their ride from the premises of the CRU office at Ulubari, passed through GS Road towards Rajgarh and Chandmari and took the road towards Judges Field from Kachari.

After the rally concluded, a meeting of the medical and sales representatives was held at Judges Field.

“Today we have organised the bike rally as part of the golden jubilee celebrations of FMRAI that was set up in 1963. About 150 of our members participated in the rally. Altogether 342 different sub-units of FMRAI have been conducting similar rallies in different districts of the country since June this year,” CRU president Pranjit Kar said.

“During the first rally in Hyderabad, medical and sales representatives carried the official flag of the organisation and since then this flag has travelled across different states of the country. Beginning with the rally in the city today, similar rallies will also be conducted by our members carrying the flag in Imphal, Agartala and then other districts of Upper Assam,” he added.

“Over the years, the federation and its sub-units have done a good job by taking up various issues with the state and Union governments on behalf of medical and sales representatives across the country. In fact, it is constantly trying to make the central government implement the Sales Promotion Employees (Conditions of Service) Act, 1976, to ensure that the jobs of numerous sales and medical representatives working in different private companies are regularised,” Kar said.

Expressing satisfaction over the central government’s decision to notify a new Drugs Price Control Order to bring 348 essential drugs under price control, Kar said, “It will be very helpful for the common people if the increasing prices of medicines can be regulated with a new legislation. We welcome the central government’s move to regulate prices of 348 essential drugs. Over the years, prices of medicines have gone up so much that it is difficult for poor patients to afford them. Besides, a medicine with the same combination is sold by different pharmaceutical companies at different prices.”


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