Big Boost For E-tailers As Online Drug Sales To Be Allowed

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BENGALURU: If one has to list the top five necessary things that are yet not available in the online stores of India, one of the most important one will medicines and drugs.

How great will it be if we could order medicines online when sick and they got delivered at our doorstep without the hassle of finding the nearby pharmaceutical?

The government knows the need of the nation and is laying foundation of the business of medicines via online process by considering certain alterations in the Drug and Cosmetics Act, as Economic Times reports. Medical retailers in the country like Apollo Pharmacy, Medplus and Hetero has already showcased interest to boost their business on the web.

Harshadeep Kamble, Commissioner of Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration and a sub-committee appointed by the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) is in charge for this government initiative. Though Kamble is unavailable to speak to the media in this regard, another high official commented that online sales will start keeping in preview all safety precautions on prescriptions and pharmacy licences.

Online retailer like Snapdeal already faced glitch for selling prescription medicines without authoritative documents as pointed out by the  Maharashtra FDA.

In an interview with Economic Times, a member of DCGI said, "Majority members of the sub-committee are in favour of considering the pleas of trade bodies, pharmacy chains and e-tailers to allow online sale of medicines with adequate safeguards taking into account the global practices." 
Once approved by the government, this will render a huge profit making opportunity to regular web marketeres like Amazon or Snapdeal along with medical retailers.

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