Wednesday, December 12, 2018

HC bans online med sales across country

The Delhi high court on Wednesday ordered a ban on sale of online medicines by e-pharmacists across the country and asked the Centre and AAP government to immediately implement the order.
A bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V K Rao acted on a PIL filed by Delhi-based dermatologist Dr Zaheer Ahmed who complained that lakhs of medicines were being sold on the internet every day without much regulation, posing a huge risk to patients and doctors.
In the plea filed through advocate Nakul Mohta, Ahmed pointed out that online sale of medicines is not permitted under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 and Pharmacy Act, 1948.
The petitioner highlighted that even though the Drug Controller General of India in 2015 clearly directed all state drug controllers to protect the interest of public health by restraining such sale online, lakhs of medicines continue to be sold online, often even without prescription.

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