Mysuru: Minister for Health and Family Welfare Minister U?T?Khader declared on Monday that the state government will not allow online sale of medicines unless the Centre comes up with clear guidelines.
Speaking on the occasion of three-day 67th Indian Pharmaceutical Congress at JSS?University, he said the sale of medicines online might lead to an increase in misuse of drugs among youths and students.
“At present, smoking and the use of banned drugs are rampant among youths. Through e-pharmacy, one can get medicines without prescription and it may be misused to buy intoxicating drugs. But the State government is in confusion on how to check it.
We will shortly write to the Union government in this regard. The Central government should formulate proper guidelines,” he said.
He also warned to cancel the licence of any pharmacist selling medicines online.
Khader further said, “Many people have a negative opinion about pharmaceutical companies. Pharmacists should make people believe that they work for their welfare and also should maintain the quality of drugs.