Sale of medicines online: Mandatory for pharmacists to display registration details

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has published draft rules to amend Drugs and Cosmetics Rules regarding regulation of distribution or sale, stock, exhibit or offer for sale of drugs through e-pharmacy

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New Delhi: The Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Chemicals and Fertilizers, Mr Mansukh L. Mandaviya, while giving a written reply to a question in the parliament on separate guidelines for the sale of medicines online, said that the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945 has provisions to sell, stock, exhibit or offer for sale or distribution of drugs.

Mr Mandaviya said that the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has published draft rules to amend Drugs and Cosmetics Rules regarding regulation of distribution or sale, stock, exhibit or offer for sale of drugs through e-pharmacy.

As per these draft rules, the e-pharmacy shall mention the various details on its e-pharmacy portal, including name of the registered pharmacist, with the registration number and name of pharmacy council where the pharmacist has been registered, who validates the prescription prior to forward it to dispense the drugs, the Minister added.