Madras HC bans online drug sale

Posted on:01 Nov 2018 12:17:05
Madras HC bans online drug sale
01 November 2018 Current Affairs:

Tamil Nadu Chemists and Druggists Association filed a writ petition seeking a ban on websites that facilitate the online sale of drugs. It said the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 was enacted during the colonial era and much before the advent of online trade. Despite making amendments to the law over the last 78 years, there is no provision in it that permits the online sale of drugs and medicines. 

The petition wanted the ban to be in place until the Centre brings into force a legal framework for permitting such sales. The petition concerned about the online sale of drugs listed in Schedule H, H1 and X of the 1940 Act was rampant in the country though there was a specific legal ban on selling such medicines without the prescription of medical practitioners.


Tamil Nadu Chemists and Druggists Association filed a writ petition seeking a ban on websites that facilitate the online sale of drugs. It said the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 was enacted during the colonial era and much before the advent of online trade. Despite making amendments to the law over the last 78 years, there is no provision in it that permits the online sale of drugs and medicines. 

The petition wanted the ban to be in place until the Centre brings into force a legal framework for permitting such sales. The petition concerned about the online sale of drugs listed in Schedule H, H1 and X of the 1940 Act was rampant in the country though there was a specific legal ban on selling such medicines without the prescription of medical practitioners.



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