Madras HC lifts ban on online sale of medicines

Madras HC lifts ban on online sale of medicines

Madras HC lifts ban on online sale of medicines. Paving the way for resumption online medicine sale, Madras high court has stayed a single judge order prohibiting online business of medicines.

Vacating the stay imposed by a single judge of the court, a division bench of Justice M Sathyanarayanan and P Rajamanickam said, “If online trade is prohibited all of a sudden, it will affect the needy patients and those who have already ordered for medicines.”

The bench then posted the appeal for final hearing on January 24. The Tamil Nadu Chemists and Druggists Association had filed a case against the sale of drugs by online companies.

According to the Association, online purchases may be convenient, but there exists the risk of unlicensed online outlets selling fake/expired/unapproved medicines.

Following the court order, Pradeep Dadha, Founder and CEO, Netmeds.com in a statement said: “We are happy with the order of the Division Bench of the Madras High Court staying the sale of online medicines till further orders.”

“We are extremely grateful for the observations made by bench which validates the work that we have put in for the last three years,” said Dadha.

On a plea filed by the Tamil Nadu Chemists and Druggists Association, Judge Pushpa Sathyanarayana on December 17 directed the Centre to notify the rules governing the online sale of medicines on or before January 31 and stayed the operation of e-pharmacies till then.

The judge kept the implementation of her order in abeyance following a host of senior counsel representing the e-pharma companies. Online pharmacy firms including 1MG Technologies, Netmeds Market Place, 91 Streets Media Technologies, Medlife International and Practo Technologies were impleaded in the case.