Online pharmacies have recently seen a boom in India mainly due to the ease of being able to purchase medicines from the comfort of your home. However, India has very little regulation and authority over the burgeoning online pharmaceutical industry. It has been difficult for the country to keep track of both legitimate and illegitimate practices being operated. The Maharashtra Food and Drugs Association (FDA) always has to be on top of their game.
They raid illegal practices and seize productions and operations of such illegal medical practices throughout the country. India is soon to see gross technological advancement in various industries, one of them being of course the pharmaceutical industry. The Indian Government will be investing 500 Crores on IT Literacy project, which would provide ease of access to the citizen of India to access e-health facilities as well and www.easymedico.com supports this project.
As of present India doesn’t have proper regulations administered on Online Pharmacies. There are no laws existing as of now. However the FDA does have a few standards, which all online pharmacies operating in the country have to abide by. These are:
1. All customers wishing to purchase medicine have to upload a scanned copy of their prescriptions on the online pharmaceutical website.
2. All prescriptions must contain a licensed physician or pharmacist’s signature & stamp, which should be clearly visible in the scanned copy.
3. All online pharmacy websites must be approved by the Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) to operate in the country, as a licensed online medicines and drug seller.
4. Online Pharmacy Websites must also have a licensed pharmacist present to be consulted at all times with all medical prescriptions coming in.
5. Online Pharmacy websites must only be trading in medicines and drugs approved by the government of India to be sold within the country borders.
Although there are no directions on the operation of Online pharmacies in India The Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 and the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945 have certain guidelines on the Sale of Schedule H ad Schedule X drugs to the customer, mainly in the sense that such drugs cannot be sold without a prescription from a licensed practitioner with standard protocol followed for labelling the medicine containers and barcoding.
Even today the concept of online pharmacies and legal actions to be taken in case of criminal acts conducted in the same field is a grey area for the country. Online pharmacies fall under these two acts and are also mandated under various other acts related to health, cosmetics, food and medicines in India. With the burgeoning technological advancement in India the old laws are far too ancient to act as an administrating and legalizing weapon in India.
India will have to revise its old laws to maintain electronic health authority and electronic health record in India. However a lot has changed since the advent of key players in the market like EasyMedico, where this online pharmacy abides by all the standards & rules enforced by the Govt. of India and provides medicines to their customers after proper verification of the scanned prescription uploaded by the customer to fulfill the order or refill the prescription.
Online pharmacies in India are soon to see many changes with the increasing technological advancement facilitated by the government of India investing crores of rupees in the aforesaid field. Other than this the PCI is also soon to include online pharmacies in their purview in order to increasing the protection and facilitate the online customers legally.