Online Sale of Medicines

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Online Sale of Medicines

In accordance with the provisions of the Drugs & Cosmetics Act, 1940 and Rules made thereunder, the sale of drugs in the country is regulated by State Licensing Authorities. Accordingly, drugs specified in Schedule H, H1 or Schedule X cannot be sold except on and in accordance with the prescription of a Registered Medical Practitioner. The supply of prescription drugs can be effected only by or under the personal supervision of a registered pharmacist from a licensed premises.

Food and Drug Administration, Maharashtra has taken regulatory action against Snapdeal, Amazon and Flipkart which were found to be selling/distributing medicines to consumers through internet without valid sales bill and requisite licenses.

A number of representations have been received from Chemists and Druggist associations against online sale of prescription drugs. Similarly, a number of representations have also been received to permit such sales.

The Health Minister, Shri J P Nadda stated this in a written reply in the Lok Sabha here today.


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