Maha to launch e-medicine portal soon

State government will launch online portal for the sale of medicines, informed Girish Bapat, Cabinet Minister for Food and Drugs Administration (FDA). As per the government, after witnessing the increasing demand of medicines in the state, online medical stores can be helpful

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Now, you won’t have to make continuous trips to the chemist, as you will be able to order medicines on just one click. Soon, state government will open online stores for generic medicines informed Girish Bapat, Cabinet Minister for Food and Drugs Administration (FDA).

Girish Bapat, Cabinet Minister for Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) said, “Store can be helpful due to the increasing demand of medicines in the state. Currently, many private companies are selling medicines online. And the stores are getting a good response.”

He added, “Sometimes, medicines are not available in chemist shops. Owing to which, people from the rural areas face problems. So, now online stores will be helpful. But, doctor’s prescription is necessary in order to buy the medicines online.”

All India Chemists and Druggists Association had opposed the sale of medicines online. As it will not be appropriate to sale medicines online in country like India, as it can be misused. Due to which, the association had also gone on strike.

Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Jagannath Shinde, president of All India Organisation Of  Chemists And Druggists, “Girish Bapat has only announced it. The decision is yet to be taken. Centre has the right to a decision regarding online medicines. State government cannot do anything regarding this. Earlier too, we had opposed the sale on online medicines and we still oppose it.

Shashank Mhatre, President Raigad Pharmacist Forum said, “Through online portals, drugs, abortion pills and aphrodisiacs are sold. And it is sold from other states due to which it cannot be controlled. While buying online, doctor’s prescription is mandatory. But no one follows the rules.

Arjun Khadtare, Food and Drugs Administration (FDA), joint commissioner (drugs), said, “The central government has asked for suggestions from pharmaceutical companies and pharmacists regarding the online drug sale. After suggestions from them, the appropriate decision regarding the online sale of medicines will be taken.”