Chemists protest Supreme Court order

KATHMANDU: The Nepal Chemists’ and Druggists’ Association has expressed dissatisfaction over the Supreme Court’s recent order to the government which does not allow the hospitals to rent their spaces to private companies or individuals to run pharmacies on hospital premises. Mrigendra Meher Shrestha, president of NCDA, an organisation of business firms involved in pharmaceutical retailing, as well as wholesale, said the apex court’s order was likely to snatch away the livelihood of drug traders. “The order requires the pharmaceutical companies to sell medicines through hospitals. How can we support our family for survival in this situation?” he asked. Rameshwor Shrestha, president of NCDA Bagmati Zone, said that drug traders were left to fend for themselves after the court order made pharmaceutical companies supply the medicines to hospitals directly.  Shanta Bahadur Shrestha, MoHP Secretary, urged the drug traders to respect the court order. “If you are not in compliance with the order, it will be deemed contempt of court. The government will implement the verdict in a manner to make it business-friendly,” he warned.