States seek apex body for on­line drug sale

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San­jay Jog Mum­bai: In re­sponse to the draft rules is­sued by the Cen­tre in Septem­ber, al­low­ing the reg­is­tra­tion and li­cens­ing of on­line drug sales, states have de­manded a sin­gle na­tional web or elec­tronic por­tal as an on­line phar­macy.

States have ap­pealed to the Cen­tral govern­ment to keep a check on on­line phar­ma­cies by in­sti­tut­ing proper checks and bal­ances.

Ma­ha­rash­tra, Mad­hya Pradesh and Kar­nataka are at the fore­front of of­fered so­lu­tion that the govern­ment por­tal should route all on­line trans­ac­tions and e-pre­scrip­tions. It should be made manda­tory, the states say, for all ex­ist­ing whole­salers and re­tail­ers to reg­is­ter there. Sale of medicine on­line should only be al­lowed through this por­tal and reg­is­tra­tion should be made must in the Drugs and Cos­met­ics Rules, 1945. There should also be ge­o­graph­i­cal curbs for op­er­a­tions.

The states sug­gest that sale of drugs should only be on pre­scrip­tion, which should have the name, age, sex, ad­dress of pa­tients and the reg­is­tra­tion num­ber of the pre­scriber. And sale must be re­stricted to re­tail to in­di­vid­u­als, and not to hos­pi­tals, doc­tors, med­i­cal in­sti­tu­tions or in whole­sale.

State gov­ern­ments have also sought clar­ity on the role of Cen­tral and State Li­cens­ing Au­thor­i­ties in mon­i­tor­ing the sales. Fur­ther­more, they want that pa­tient de­tails must be kept con­fi­den­tial; they can only be re­vealed to Cen­tral and State Li­cens­ing Au­thor­i­ties. “Sale of drugs cat­e­gorised as nar­cotics and psy­chotrop­ics, tran­quil­iz­ers, seda­tives, hyp­notics and drugs used for ter­mi­na­tion of preg­nancy should be banned,” a state of­fi­cial from Ma­ha­rash­tra said. Turn to P4

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