The Madras High Court on Thursday clarified that its order restraining online sale of medicines will only apply to firms which do not have valid licences.
He had given the interim order restraining online sale of medicines on a petition by the association which contended that purchasing medicines from unlicensed online stores can be risky as they may sell fake, expired, contaminated or unapproved drugs that are dangerous to the health of patients.
Counsels representing the traders explained that medicines ordered online were sourced from licensed pharmacies and they were only delivering them to the customers. Denying the contentions of the chemists and druggists association, TNMEDS, one of the online traders, submitted that the present plea was nothing but an outcome of a gross misconception about the working of online sale of medicines. TNMEDS has obtained a valid drug licence from the Assistant Director of Drugs Control and also complied with all the existing rules and regulations of the government in relation to sale of medicines, counsel for the firm said.
In the case of TNMEDS, it has been provided with a valid licence to sell, stock or exhibit or distribute drugs by retail.