According to the petition, such pharmacies violate the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, and the Pharmacy Act with the sale of medicines online
New Delhi: In a recent development, the Delhi High Court has taken action on a writ petition filed by South Chemists and Distributors Associations, New Delhi. The court has issued notices to central and Delhi government as well as the online pharmacies.
According to the chemist association, the online pharmacies are violating the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, Pharmacy Act and FDI policy with their operations. Instances, where scheduled drugs have been sold without or with fake prescriptions, have also been pointed out.
They also pointed out that in the absence of any government rules in such a scenario, the competition between offline and online pharmacies remains biased.
Meanwhile, the petition has also garnered the support of Swadeshi Jagran Manch, an offshoot of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Ashwani Mahajan, Co-convenor of the organisation also took to Twitter to show support, essentially since many of these E-pharmacies are funded by foreign organisations and pose a tough competition to the Indian brick and mortar pharmacies.
Petition against foreign funded— ASHWANI MAHAJAN (@ashwani_mahajan) October 5, 2018
E -Pharmacies accepted by Delhi High Court and notices issued to central and Delhi govt, online pharmacies. Petition has been filed on health issues, FDI policy and others. @swadeshimanch extends its support. pic.twitter.com/vAkFwGiom3
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Last Updated Oct 5, 2018, 7:29 PM IST