Hindustan Times (Delhi)

E-pharmacies can’t stock medicine, can operate only through retailers

- Rhythma Kaul letters@hindustant­imes.com

NEWDELHI:ONLINE medical stores, or e-pharmacies, will not be allowed to stock medicines and will have to tie up with offline retail pharmacies to deliver drugs to consumers, according to revised draft regulation­s by the Union health ministry.

The original draft regulation­s for online medicine retailers have been tweaked by the ministry after stiff opposition from so-called brick-and-mortar retailers. The revised draft also has a provision to allow retail pharmacist­s to deliver medicines at a customer’s doorstep, a health ministry official said.

The initial draft, released August last year, had allowed online sale of medicines, barring narcotics, psychotrop­ic drugs and tranquilli­zers, by a registered e-pharmacy.

The changes were recently

NEW REGULATION­S E-pharmacies won’t be allowed to stock medicines Retail pharmacist­s can deliver to doorsteps E-stores will have to tie up with offline pharmacies

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