The Delhi High Court has ordered a ban on the sale of online medicines by E-pharmacies across India.
The Delhi HC bench comprised of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V K Rao has also ordered central and Delhi governments to implement this order.
The Delhi apex court was acting on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Zaheer Ahmed, a Delhi based dermatologist.
The apex ruled now online pharmacies are required to register with the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), India's apex drug regulator and central licensing authority, from where they can obtain a trade license.
The Union Health Ministry had come out with draft rules on sale of drugs by E-pharmacies in September 2018.
The objective of these rules was to regulate the sale of medicines across India. The government did not ban the sale of drugs online because such sale also provides the patients in remote areas access to genuine drugs from authentic portals.
The draft rules had mandated that no person will distribute or sell, stock, exhibit or offer for sale of drugs through the e-pharmacy portal unless registered.