Centre tells High Court it is mulling rules to regulate online pharmacies

By Moderator July 5, 2019 12:07


The Central government told the Delhi High Court on Thursday that framing of rules to regulate e-pharmacies was under consideration and consultations were being held with all the stakeholders.

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  • The Centre’s submission came during the hearing of a plea seeking contempt action against e-pharmacies for continuing to sell drugs online despite a High Court order staying such activity.
    • The High Court had earlier stayed the sale of drugs and prescription medicines by online pharmacies
      • The petition has said that the online illegal sale of medicines would lead to drug epidemic, drug abuse and misutilisation of habit forming and addictive drugs.
    • Recent contempt plea sought contempt action against the Central government for allegedly not taking any action against the defaulting e-pharmacies.
  • Although, e-pharmacies argued that they do not require a license for online sale of drugs and prescription medicines as they do not sell them, instead they are only delivering the medications akin to food-delivery app Swiggy.
  • E-pharmacies find themselves at the heart of several instances of litigation following concerns raised by representatives of the medical fraternity and traditional chemists on the dangers that lurk in being able to order medicines online.
  • However, with the Government inclined to go with all things digital, much will hinge on the e-pharmacy rules that have to be finalised under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, which, at present, does not recognise online medicine sales.

Source: https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/centre-tells-high-court-it-is-mulling-rules-to-regulate-online-pharmacies/article28288867.ece

By Moderator July 5, 2019 12:07