The PIL also trained guns at the government saying it failed in its responsibility to protect public health which is its Constitutional obligation under Article 21.
The PIL also trained guns at the government saying it failed in its responsibility to protect public health which is its Constitutional obligation under Article 21.(Photo: iStock)
  • 1. The E-Pharmacy Business in India
  • 2. What Laws Govern E-Pharmacy Business in India?
  • 3. Does the Ban Ring the Death Knell for E Pharmacies?
  • 4. What do the Brick and Mortar Pharmacies Feel About...
  • 5. What Does All this Mean for You, the Patient?
Decoded: What Does the E-Pharmacy Ban Mean for the Business & You

Have you been getting your medicines online? It’s simple. Log in. Upload your prescription, select and pay, and the medicines reach you at your doorstep. For thousands of Indians, specially the elderly, the e-pharmacy business was a godsend. There was just one problem. The e-pharmacy business boomed without any regulation.

On December 12th, the Delhi High Court put a stop to online sale of medicines across India. The order was in response to a PIL filed by a Delhi-based dermatologist Dr Zaheer Ahmed who said that unregulated sale of medicines online will lead to substandard drugs being sold, some of which have psychotrphic substances that can be misused for criminal activities. The PIL also trained guns at the government saying it failed in its responsibility to protect public health which is its Constitutional obligation under Article 21.

What does the order mean for the E-Pharmacies, and for you, the patient?

  • 1. The E-Pharmacy Business in India

    The PIL also trained guns at the government saying it failed in its responsibility to protect public health which is its Constitutional obligation under Article 21.
    The pharma business in India is valued at Rs 1000 billion.
    (Photo: iStock)

    While the Indian pharma retail market is valued at Rs 1000 billion, the E-Pharmacy business currently is about Rs 3,500 crore and expected to increase to Rs 25,000 crore in the next 3-4 years, according to S Eswara Reddy, Drugs Controller General of India. According to various estimates, there are around 250 online pharmacies in India and the model works on two levels - Business to Customer (B2C) and direct retail platform. They offer heavy discounts, door step deliveries and other benefits that consumers have welcomed.

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