The Delhi High Court on Wednesday ordered a ban on the sale of online medicines by e-pharmacists across the country. The bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V.K.Rao passed the order, acting on a PIL filed by a Delhi based dermatologist. The PIL complained that the lakhs of medicines sold on the internet everyday were un-regulated and posed a huge risk for patients and doctors.
The plea, filed through advocate Nakul Mohta, pointed out that online sale of medicines is not permitted under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 and Pharmacy Act, 1948
In September, the Union Health Ministry had come out with a draft rules on sale of drugs by e-pharmacies with an aim to regulate online sale of medicines in India and ensure authenticity of the drugs and portals. The current ruling will come as a huge blow to e-pharmacies like NetMeds and 1Mg, which have raised millions of investor money. The fate of such e-pharmacies are now in question.