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Drug regulator warns e-pharmacies against violating rules

Drug regulator warns e-pharmacies against violating rules

The Drugs Controller General of India said that it will ban companies selling medicines online if they are found to be violating the rules. It also directed all state governments and Union territories to take action against e-pharmacies if they are found to be in breach of regulations.

Present Provisions

  • The sale and distribution of drugs in the country is regulated under the Drugs & Cosmetics Act, 1940, and the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945.
  • As per the rules, drugs can’t be sold except with the prescription of a registered medical practitioner.
  • There is no ban on the sale of medicines online
  • Last year, the DCGI had appointed industry body Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) to frame guidelines for the online sale of medicines through e-commerce channels.
  • The government formed a seven-member panel to look into the issue of online drug sales
  • In October, 2015, chemists across the country observed a one-day striketo protest a move by the government to regularize the online sale of medicines and demanded a ban on the same

Drug Controller General of India

  • Works under the gamut of Central Drugs Standard Control Organizationis responsible for approval of licenses of specified categories of drugs such as blood and blood products, IV fluids, vaccines and sera in India.
  • Functions of DCGI
  1. DCGI lay down the standard and quality of manufacturing, selling, import and distribution of drugs in India.
  2. Acts as appellate authority in case of any dispute regarding the quality of drugs.
  3. Prepare and maintain national reference standard.
  4. Bring about the uniformity in the enforcement of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act.
  5. Analysis of Cosmetics received as survey samples from CDSCO

Central Drugs Standard Control Organization

CDSCO is the national regulatory body for Indian pharmaceuticals and medical devices, and serves parallel function to the European Medicines Agency of EU, the PMDA of Japan and Food and Drug Administration of USA.

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