HC orders interim stay on sale of online medicines

Chennai: Following protests staged by the apex body of chemists and druggists all over the State 27 September, the Madras High Court today ordered a two-week interim stay on sale of medicines online.

This move comes after the traders’ union filed a petition due to the severe implications that it would lead to.

Speaking to News Today, The Tamilnadu Chemists and Druggists Association, treasurer, S Elangovan, said, “Considering the situation of dengue in our State now, it is easy to acquire medicines online which goes against the order of the State Health and Family Welfare Department. As per directions issued by the department, pharmacies cannot issue medicines without authorised prescription.”

“The interim stay is a welcome move for us pharmacists. However, we feel that the country should not have online sale of medicines. In the US, a recent research revealed that there are about 500 fake Internet platforms selling tablets. If that is the case in a developed country, the effects would be far worse in India,” he explained.

Bhavani Prabhakar