Boost for retailers as Drugs Act to be tweaked to allow online sales


  • The Maharashtra FDA had in May filed cases against online retailers like Snapdeal for selling prescription drugs without valid prescriptions or licences.
  • The government may consider changes to the Drugs and Cosmetics Act to permit online sale of medicines following representations made by organised retail chains.
  • The issue is being examined by a sub-committee appointed by the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) and headed by Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner Harshadeep Kamble.
  • Allowing online sales would also help organized retail pharmacy chains that are setting up virtual account for nearly 5% of the market and are growing in double digits.

Source: ET

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