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Online pharmacy retailers unite to form Indian Internet Pharmacy Association

Our Bureau, Bengaluru
Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

The online pharmacy retailers in the country have formed an association, the Indian Internet Pharmacy Association (IIPA), to promote and protect the public health by ensuring that its members operate in accordance with the existing Drugs & Cosmetics Rules read with Sections 4 & 5 of Information Technology Act, 2008, and Pharmacy Practice Regulations, 2015 issued by government of India through PCI.

With growing penetration and awareness of the e-commerce companies enabling retailing of medicines and healthcare products, IIPA wants to make sure that its members adhere to the rules and regulations governing pharmacies and the dispensing of prescription medications. IIPA will cater to the Indian public’s demand for safe and easily accessible medicines at affordable prices.

In addition, it aims to be at the forefront to fulfill the Prime Minister’s vision for a Digital India.

IIPA brings together some of the most credible companies from both the pharma and e-commerce industry. The current eleven-member list includes Bookmeds, mChemist, Medidart, Medlife, Medstar, Netmeds, Pharmeasy, Zigy.com (PM Health & Life Care), SaveOnMedicals, Savemymeds and 1mg.com.

“We would be extremely selective in choosing the  partners operating in the interests of the public. Therefore we would have a screening process and would only allow, ‘the best of the best’ to earn the association’s imprimatur of approval,” said Prashant Tandon, president, IIPA.

The main goal of this Association is to ensure that its members operate in harmony with the requirements of the consumers and the regulators, keep fly-by-night operators out of the business and to bring the ‘best of the West’, where online pharmacies are fairly mature, to India. To be a member of this association requires a great deal more than an application and a desire to sell medicine online, he added.

“We are committed to working with the regulators to ensure that India has an exemplary model for e-pharmacy. We welcome and applaud the regulators’ announcement that they are on a path to draft guidelines to regulate the new model. This organisation has submitted recommendations that we believe, if adopted will help transformation of the industry by leveraging the technology in a smart way, create job avenues for pharmacists, technical operatives and all within the scope of bringing medicine easily and affordably within the reach of people all over India. It’s an idea whose time has come,” said Kiran Divakaran, General Secretary, IIPA.

“Digital India championed by the PM Narendra Modi covers e-health as an initiatives within that vision. The e-health aims at providing timely, effective and economical healthcare services to all Indians. With the government spending over Rs. 500 crore to increase computer literacy and several thousand crores to digitally connect entire country, e-pharmacies will go a long way in making this a reality,” said Nishi Gandotra, treasurer, IIPA.

 

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Sonamdeep Sep 13, 2017 3:52 PM
Hello, We are initiating with online pharmacy model. And we are ready with our model and going to launch in few weeks time. We would like to be member of IIPA (Indian Internet Pharmacy Association). We are already adhering to all requirements and follow code of conduct launched by IIPA.
Kindly facilitate the membership form and guide for how to be member of the association.

Thanks & Regards,
Sonam
raman d Jun 8, 2017 10:07 PM
how can we be member in IIPA. please call at 9849909676
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Just Relief Jun 27, 2016 6:17 PM
Hi
Would like to know the process to register for IIPA membership.
Thanks
NIKHIL May 19, 2016 7:20 PM
i am interested for member to indian internet pharmacy association i am from gujarat how to join and how to work
Mudit Tando Mar 10, 2016 10:12 PM
I wish to become a member of this association. Please let me know the formalities.

thanks
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Swarna Akkineni Feb 4, 2016 2:32 PM
Hi, I wish to become a member of this association kindly let me know the process. This gives a new strength to upcoming online pharmacies to know that we have an association which support and speak on our behalf .
Anshu Sahay Dec 24, 2015 1:49 PM
I would like to apply for membership. Please let me know the details.
Sudheer Kumar Yadav Nov 2, 2015 5:56 PM
We would like to apply for the membership.

Kindly facilitate by providing the registration form.
Sudheer Kumar Yadav Nov 2, 2015 5:56 PM
We would like to apply for the membership.

Kindly facilitate by providing the registration form.
Sudheer Kumar Yadav Nov 1, 2015 6:18 PM
Kindly forward the link to download membership form of IIPA.
Nirbhay singh Shekhawat Oct 28, 2015 9:13 PM
I am interested in online pharmacy. I am d. pharma. What is the procedure to apply for that ?
Ram Charan Oct 28, 2015 12:01 PM
We are launching our services in Jaipur Rajasthan, we comply with the rules & regulations of the drugs & cosmetic rules of IT act 2008. we have ready to launch our services in weeks time & currently we are working on the marketplace model. We wanted to be a part of IIPA in the interest of the Prime Minister’s vision for a Digital India. Please suggest the process of registering quikpills.com in IIPA.

Thanks,
Ram Charan
Ram Charan Oct 28, 2015 11:41 AM
We are launching our services in Jaipur Rajasthan, we comply with the rules & regulations of the drugs & cosmetic rules of IT act 2008. we have ready to launch our services in weeks time & currently we are working on the marketplace model. We wanted to be a part of IIPA in the interest of the Prime Minister’s vision for a Digital India. Please suggest the process of registering quikpills.com in IIPA.

Thanks,
Ram Charan
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