Health Ministry releases draft rules on sale of drugs by e-p
The Union Health Ministry on September 1, 2018, released draft rules on sale of drugs by e-pharmacies to regulate online sale of medicines across the country.

The draft rules on "sale of drugs by e-pharmacy" state that no person will distribute or sell, stock, exhibit or offer for sale of drugs through e-pharmacy portal unless registered.


The rules aim to provide patients access to genuine drugs through authentic online portals.

Draft Rules: Key Highlights

• The new draft rules prohibit the sale of tranquilizers, psychotropic drugs, narcotics and habit-forming drugs through the online portals.

• The draft also prohibits the e-pharmacies from advertising any drug on radio, television, print or internet or any other media for any purpose.

• The draft also has provisions of suspension and cancellation of registration of the e-portal if the latter contravenes any provision of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940.

• The rules state that any person who intends to conduct the business of e-pharmacy shall apply for the grant of registration to the Central Licensing Authority through the online portal of the Central Government.

• The application of registration of e-pharmacy will have to be accompanied by a sum of Rs 50,000.

• The e-pharmacy holder will have to adhere to provisions of the Information Technology Act.

• The rules also propose that those who want to do online pharmacy will have to register with the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization(CDSCO), the country's apex drug regulator and central licensing authority.

• The rules also state that the premises from where the e-pharmacy business is conducted shall be inspected, every two years, by a team of officers authorised by the Central Licensing Authority, with or without the experts in the relevant field or the officers authorised by the concerned State Licensing Authority.

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Dr. S●●●m P●●●l General Medicine
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