No online pharma sale till norms in place: HC


The Delhi High Court said its stay on sale of drugs and prescription medicines by online pharmacies will continue till rules are framed to regulate such entities. A Bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice VK Rao said that “once the rules come into play, you (online pharmacies) can start selling it (medicines). Problem is that day there are no rules regulating it.” The observations came while hearing the applications moved by some online pharmacies seeking to be impleaded in the matter. The pharmacies urged the court to remove the prohibition on online sale of drugs, saying they held licences and no medicines were sold illegally. They also contended that even prescription drugs were sold only if there was a valid prescription from a doctor. During the hearing, the petitioner informed the Bench that the Madras High Court on Monday had banned the online sale of medicines till the Union Health Ministry and the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) notified the proposed Drugs and Cosmetics Amendment Rules, 2018, in the gazette at the earliest by January 31. The Madras High Court, however, kept the operation of its order in abeyance till December 20, to enable the online pharmacies to challenge the decision. On being informed of the development, the Delhi High Court listed the matter for hearing on December 20. 

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