Draft rules for e-pharmacies to regulate online sale of medicines.
On September 3, 2018, the Health ministry notified that the online e-pharmacies will have to adhere to the set of new draft rules regarding selling of drugs through the internet.
♦ In 2015 a consultative committee on e-pharmacies was formed which submitted its report to the DCGI in 2016.
♦ Dr S Eswara Reddy is the Drug Controller General of India.
i. According to the new draft rules:
online pharmacies should be registered with the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO),Should have a trade licence — applicable across India — from any state government.
The grant of registration to the Central Licensing Authorityof Central Government for a sum of Rs 50,000.
It also banned sale of narcotics, psychotropic drugs and tranquillizers.
ii. The government amended the Drugs and Cosmetic Rules, 1945, to include e-pharmacies.