Amazon on Friday stated that it’s going to launch an internet pharmacy in Bengaluru. Amazon Pharmacy will permit prospects within the metropolis to order prescription-based and over-the-counter medicines, “basic health devices”, and Ayurveda medicine from “certified sellers”. Entrackr was the primary to report the story. Amazon can be up in opposition to platforms corresponding to NetMeds, Dunzo, 1mg, and Medlife.

The corporate didn’t specify when the service will go dwell. It is usually not identified if Amazon will broaden this service to different components of the nation, however the Entrackr report did say that the service can be accessible in Howrah and a few choose cities of West Bengal. We’ve got reached out to Amazon for particulars. The corporate had additionally launched meals supply in some components of Bengaluru in Could.

The federal government is but to finalise e-pharmacy guidelines, and instances throughout Excessive Courts within the nation are looking for to control e-pharmacy platforms. The federal government had launched draft amendments to the Medicine and Cosmetics Act in August 2018, which proposed, amongst different issues, that on-line pharmacies should register with the Central Licensing Authority (CLA) to function. The draft amendments additionally prohibit e-pharmacies from promoting any drug on any media platform.

In December 2018, the Delhi Excessive Courtroom had positioned an interim ban the web sale of medicines and directed the Delhi authorities, amongst others, to implement the order. The order was handed in response to a petition which argued that the medicines have been being bought with out regulation, and that the sale of medicines on-line elevated the chance of spurious medicine being bought. The Madras Excessive Courtroom had additionally positioned an analogous ban, however later vacated the order.