The online sales of prescribed medicines in India are by and large still unregulated. Illegal and unscrupulous online pharmacies, both Indian and foreign, are taking advantage of this lacuna of Indian laws.
However, those days of chaos and non regulation are gone. Indian regulatory authorities are now scrutinising these online pharmacies for violation of various pharmaceutical standards, codes and regulations.
Although we have no dedicated e-commerce laws and regulations in India yet the legal aspects of online pharmacies can be found under multiple legislations of India.
According to Praveen Dalal, managing partner of New Delhi based ICT law firm Perry4Law and leading techno legal e-commerce expert of India, Online Pharmacies of India are under Regulatory Scrutiny. There are many Online Pharmacies in India that are openly violating the Pharmaceutical and other Laws of India.
Further, these Online Pharmacies are also violating the Cyber Law of India, especially the Cyber Law Due Diligence of India. There is an urgent need on the part of States to crack down upon such Illegal Online Pharmacies of India, opines Dalal.
Illegal online pharmacies are grave danger to the lives of millions of Indian citizens who readily rely upon such pharmacies for their medical requirements. The central drugs standard control organisation (CDSCO) must play a more pro active role in this regard. Till now its role has been passive and non-interfering in nature when it is must be otherwise.
We hope the CDSCO and Indian government would take strict penal action against the defaulting and illegal online pharmacies that are openly flourishing in Indian that also right under the nose of Indian government.