New policy to authenticate e-pharmacies

After an increase in cases involving the sale of fake medicines online, the government has tightened regulations to ensure the authentication of online pharmacies.

According to the new Ministry of Health and Family Welfare draft rules, it will now be mandatory for e-pharmacies to register with a central authority and they will be restricted from selling narcotics, tranquilisers, and psychotropic drugs (medicines that affect the mental state of a person).

The Drug Controller General of India will issue licenses for three years and e-pharmacies will be regulated under the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules 1945 as well as the Information Technology Act 2000. The draft says e-pharmacies will have to pay Rs 50,000 to renew licenses and the premises from where e-pharmacies operate will be inspected every two years.


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