The Madras High Court on Wednesday restrained pharmacies in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu from selling medicines online, until further orders. Justice R Mahadevan granted the injunction while passing interim orders on a writ petition from Tamil Nadu Chemists & Druggists Association, Chennai.
The association said though online shopping may be convenient to consumers, purchasing medicines from unlicensed online stores can be risky as they may sell fake, expired, contaminated, unapproved drugs or otherwise unsafe products that are dangerous to patients, which might put their health at risk.
Moreover, laws for pharmacies in India are derived from the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940, Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945 and Pharmacy Act, 1948. These laws were written prior to arrival of computers and India does not have any concrete law for online sale of medicines.
Source: The Indian Express