- As per the letter: Advertising for online pharmacy is illegal.
- In this ad, the patient is making fun of the pharmacist and the chemists.
- Patients do not like purchasing medicines from local chemist.
Maharashtra Registered Pharmacists Association has opposed the ad. On December 10, the association had written to Smriti Irani, Information and Broadcasting Minister and the Pharmacy Council Of India regarding the same. After taking the note of the letter, the Pharmacy Council Of India has wrote to the Drug Controller General of India.
Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Kailas Tandle, president, Maharashtra Registered Pharmacists Association said, “Though, selling medicines online has been banned. An advertisement is being aired on the television, since few days. As per the government’s rule, a person who has a degree in pharmacy should handover the medicine and also the doctor’s prescription is mandatory. The government has no regulation over the online pharmacies.”
He added, “There is no provision for online drug sales in the Drugs and Cosmetic Act 1940. However, the online ads which are openly aired, promote people to buy the medicines online. So, we oppose it.”