Panel on online pharmacies submits its key recommendations

The sub-committee formed by the Drugs Consultative Committee (DCC) to examine the issues relating to online sale of drugs has submitted its report that recommends creation of a national portal to act as the nodal platform for transacting and monitoring online sale of drugs.

The panel’s recommendations include evolving a mechanism to register e-pharmacies, geographical restrictions for operation of e-pharmacies, mechanism for verification of authenticity through a link to the national portal and requirement of registration with CDSCO under the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945.

Existing licensees carrying out retail sale of drugs would also be able to register on the national portal for carrying out online sale of drugs, as per the panel report.

The report was prepared after the sub-committee had sought suggestions or comments from stakeholders and also heard the representatives of industry, associations, NGOs, etc.

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