Govt's Crackdown On Illicit Online Pharmacies

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Govt's Crackdown On Illicit Online Pharmacies
The government is now adopting stringent measures to stop the growing black-marketing of online medicines, which could spell trouble for online pharmacies. The retail market of medicines in India is worth more than Rs 2 lakh crore.

The government has stopped the sale of online medicines, after which the Drugs Controller General of India has ordered that strict action should be taken against online pharmacies selling medicines without licence, in accordance with the orders of the Supreme Court.

The court had prohibited the sale of online medicines in December 2018, after which no licence has been issued to any pharmacy.

According to media reports, no framework for the regulation of online pharmacies had been issued last year and there was no information on this too. When sellers do not have any information, they do not know what to do.

According to the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation, till such time that a formal notification is issued in this regard, sale of online medicines by means of a doctor’s prescription cannot be stopped. Medicines will continue to be sold based on old rules.

In December last year, the Delhi High Court had said that online sale of unlicensed medicines is improper and the government should stop it.

Online sale of medicines leads to an increase in black marketing and the quality of medicines also gets adversely affected. Also, the market of medicines used for drug abuse was rapidly increasing.

There are 7 lakh chemist shops and pharmacies, and 60,000 wholesale shops in India. All these will be impacted by the rules of the online pharmacy business.

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