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AKCDA plans to enter online business space; launching Channel to educate traders

AKCDA plans to enter online business space; launching Channel to educate traders


Chennai, June 25, 2022:

 

The annual general body meeting of the All Kerala Chemists and Druggists Association (AKCDA) to be held at Hotel Abad Plaza in Kochi on June 26, is likely adopt a resolution to enter into e-pharma sector by uniting all its network agencies including wholesalers and retailers operating across the country.

AKCDA’s decision to enter online pharmacy space is mainly to persuade the government to restrict licences to e-commerce giants like Reliance Industries, Netmeds, Healthkart.com, Medlife etc in Kerala. Sources from the association informed Pharmabiz that after its general body the new office-bearers would approach the government with a request to ban corporate entities from starting online business of pharmaceuticals in the state.
 
Briefing Pharmabiz about the AGM and future activities, AN Mohan, president of the traders’ body said the medicine traders are facing a lot of challenges with regard to government policies and market issues. He said if corporate groups come to Kerala through licensed channels for online medicine sales it will completely demolish the established brick-and-mortar pharmacies which have been catering to the medical needs of the people in the state for decades. “AKCDA has the commitment to fulfill the medical needs of the customers of Kerala, so we are launching an online platform by uniting all our traders,” he said.  
 
The AGM will also witness the launching of a YouTube channel by AKCDA to help the member-traders leg up on their challenges and support them with suggestions and advice on legal matters through internal communication. The channel will broadcast news and information on state and central rules about medicine trade, problems faced by the chemist community, actions carried out by the enforcement agencies and other issues pertaining to pharmacies and shop owners. It will give awareness to the traders about pharmaceutical trade by updating all the developments happening in the business sector and the reforms implemented by the authorities. He said AKCDA is becoming a role model to other state branches.
 
The channel app can be used by both the Android and iPhone users. Although in the beginning, the programmes are uploaded in Malayalam language, it will have English and Hindi versions later on. The inauguration of the Youtube Channel will be held in the afternoon on Sunday in the presence of regulatory officers, traders and media people.
 
The channel will also be used for digital marketing support. It will have space for demonstrating products and services of pharmaceutical companies, pharma technologies and allied industries of pharma.
 
On Sunday, the AGM will pass resolutions in the pre-lunch session and in the afternoon it will elect new office-bearers for AKCDA for the next three years. Pharmabiz