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Sale of medicines online pharmacies

Published on 2017-03-22 08:03:31

Ever since a police case was filed against the online seller Snapdeal by the Maharashtra FDA, many people have been analysing the importance of the selling prescribed drugs online. In a society dominated by information technology such Internet has been reaching to common mass easily through smart phones and computers. Hence, realising the necessities of assessing the online pharmacy requirement, a subcommittee was formed and headed by Maharashtra FDA Commissioner Harshadeep Kamble. Constituted by the Drugs Consultative Committee (DCC), the submitted their report after examining the issues on online sale of the drugs. Like every other consumer goods delivered online, drugs can also delivered convenient online by following some regulations and guidance.

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The Sub-committee requested suggestions suggestions/comments from various stakeholders and medical fraternity, associations, NGOs, etc. before preparing the report.

Some of the recommendations of the Sub-committee are as following

  • Creation of nodal platform by creating a National Portal that must track transactions and monitor online sale of drugs
  • Creation of mechanism to register all the e-pharmacies
  • Restriction of operation of the e-pharmacies based on the geographical locations
  • Creation of a mechanism to verify the authenticity of the pharmacies byu providing a link to the National Portal.
  • Permission to the existing retail drug sell licensees to register on the National Portal for online sale
  • Registration with CDSCO under the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945 is required

Some special categories of drugs which be misused or abused such as Narcotic and Psychotropic drugs, tranquilizers, habit forming drugs and Schedule X drugs are excluded from sale through e-pharmacies.


According to Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 and Rules, 1945, the drugs included in Schedule H, H1 and X are required to be sold by retail only based on the prescription of a Registered Medical Practitioner (RMP). Non-compliance with the provisions will lead to appropriate action by the State Licensing Authorities under the said Act and Rules.

Welfare16-December, 2016 14:36 IST