Over the years, unauthorized sale of medicines online has become rampant. In order to keep a check on it, the Bombay High Court has asked the Maharashtra government and the Centre to inform the court of the steps taken to stop the widespread online advertisements for the sale of drugs without a prescription.It has also directed the Centre to inform the court of the steps taken to stop the widespread online advertisements for the sale of drugs without a prescription. The directions came while the bench was hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) which claimed that often college students bought such medicines, including sleeping pills and abortion pills, online without any prescription or by providing fake medical prescriptions, seeking that the government tackles illegal sale of 'Schedule H' or prescription medicines online. The Centre has proposed to set up an e-portal where all manufacturers, distributors, and retailers who wish to sell medicines online, will have to mandatorily register themselves. Considering the seriousness of the issue, the bench also appointed advocate Zal Andhyarujina as the amicus curiae, or the lawyer to assist the court while hearing the matter and to suggest remedial measures.