Delhi HC Ordered Puts A Ban On Online Sale Of Medicines Across India

The direction was passed by a division bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V Kameswar Rao on a petition filed by Dr Zaheer Ahmed, who sought a ban on "illegal" sale of drugs and medicines online.


  • The Delhi High Court has ordered a ban on the sale of medicines online by e-pharmacists across India and has directed the Delhi government and the Centre to put the order into effect immediately.
  • Ahmed complained about the lack of regulation over the lakhs of medicines sold on the internet daily, saying that it puts patients and doctors at risk.
  • Selling medicines online is not allowed under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 and Pharmacy Act, 1948. 
  • The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) in 2015 clearly instructed state authorities to curb sales of medicines online in order to protect public health, but the practice continued. In some cases, medicines were sold without prescriptions.

Effect of  online sale of medicine

  •  It may often lead to situations like drug epidemic and drug abuse
  • The online sale of medicines can also lead people to get addicted to drugs and engage in misutilisation of habit-forming of consuming them without a valid prescription.
  • The online sale of medicines also affects the right to a safe and healthy life under Article 21 of the Constitution.
Delhi HC Ordered Puts A Ban On Online Sale Of Medicines Across India Delhi HC Ordered Puts A Ban On Online Sale Of Medicines Across India Reviewed by The Hindu Current Affairs on December 14, 2018 Rating: 5

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