Centre to set up e-portal to regulate online sale of drugs
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Maharashtra government has proposed to the Bombay High Court that all manufacturers, distributors and retailers, interested in selling drugs and medicines online will have to register themselves on an e-portal to be set up soon by the Centre. It highlighted the malady of easy, online availability of medicines and students buying drugs on strength of fake medical prescription.
This electronic platform will be developed and maintained by an autonomous body under the Union Health Ministry and the details of medicines sold or dispensed will be entered in the e-platform and bills will be generated through the system. The details will include the prescribing doctor's registration number and the name and registration number of the chemist and the quantity supplied.
In March, Union Health Ministry had stated the need to plug the gaps in sale of drugs, including their online sale with the objective of ensuring availability of right drugs that meet the standards of quality to every person, curbing anti-microbial resistance and also regulating supply of medicines



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