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Suvarna Karnataka Chemists & Distributors Association upset over CDSCO plan to allow e:pharmacy

Nandita Vijay, Bengaluru
Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

Suvarna Karnataka Chemists and Distributors Association expressed its concerns on the biased and unfair attitude of the CDSCO in its decision to regulate the sale of drugs over the internet.

This is despite the CCDSCO receiving various grievances from the Association to restrict the online sale of drugs. “Several occasions we have requested to curb the e:pharmacy business model by incorporating the penal provisions for contravention of the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules and its draft rules vide GSR 817(E) dated August 28,2018. These were communicated to the Drugs Controller General of India Dr S Eswara Reddy,” said V Harikrishnan, president, Suvarna Karnataka Chemists and Distributors Association.
Now in his letter to top government officials of the Ministries of health and family welfare, law and justice among others, Harikrishnan has said that the office of the DCGI has not taken into consideration any of the objections raised by the Association. “Therefore we are of the view that the CDSCO has a biased and unfair attitude on the issue to regulate the sale of drugs over the internet.”

Earlier the Association had stated that it raised its apprehension in the past on the fairness and neutrality of the discussions to permit the drugs sales without a regulation. Moreover the draft regulation would overturn the livelihood of 7.5 lakh chemists including pharmacy professionals. Unfortunately the concerned authorities have not made any clarifications in this regard till date even after our appeal,” stated Harikrishnan in his communication to the government.

“Our demand to the government is to withdraw the draft notification which violates rules under sections 245 and 246 of the Constitution of India. The proposed rules under Section 12 lacks the legislative powers to frame the notification as the chapter deals with only import of drugs,” Harikrishnan said.

The issue is whether the central licensing authority appointed under clause (b) of rule 21 of the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules can grant registration for e:pharmacy under the provisions of the D& C Act, pointed out Harikrishnan adding that the Association insists to withdraw the draft gazette notification.


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