Saturday, 24 December 2016

Online Sale of Medicines ?



Online sale of medicines is unstoppable , if we go by following report appearing in Hindustan Times ( 21 Dec 2016 )

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Soon, all medicines may be sold online

The drug committee, in its report submitted to the health ministry, has said medicines could be sold online, but with changes in several laws .

Currently, medicine sales are banned online.

The report advises the government to amend several acts, including the IT Act, Drugs and Cosmetics Act, Narcotics Act.

“The report does not deny the possibility of medicine sale online. It just says several laws need to be changed. Also, we need a flawless technical system to regulate sales and route all e-pharmacies through a common platform,” GN Singh, Drug Controller General of India, told HT.

The number of weekly online shoppers have increased by 33% since last year, and the number of daily online shoppers have become fourfold from 2013 to 2015.

The government is working on a plan to support e-pharmacies with a strong technology network. It is likely to test the model by allowing the sale of limited prescription drugs in the first phase.

Singh said most of the proposals that the state drug controllers submitted to the government were in favour of the online sale of drugs.

However, patient security still remains a concern.

The government is also planning to tweak the Drugs and Cosmetics Act as there is no clause on the online sale of medicines. “We need to amend several acts and they need parliamentary approvals. This process could take a year or so,” Singh said.

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But , will NDA government cease this opportunity to herald an era of ,


COMPREHENSIVE  HEALTHCARE  ECO-SYSTEM ?


I once again urge NDA government to consider implementation of such a Eco System , based on my following blog / email , sent to NDA ministers earlier :

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Thursday, 24 November 2016


Health Care through Mobile ?



DNA (  22  Nov  2016 ) carries a news report , titled :


" Online e-pharmacy portals to make patients' lives easier "


The details read :

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The formation of a strict monitoring system for online sale of medicines is underway by the Centre, that has come up with a Self-regulation Code of Conduct for the E pharmacy sector for the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry ( FICCI ).


The e-pharmacy model proposed by the apex business organization provides,


*   digital tracking and traceability of medicines,


*   addressing the problem of counterfeit medicines


*   unsupervised consumption of antibiotics without prescription.


*   improved access and affordability of medicines for patients.



The e-pharmacy model has proposed that medicines must be processed only against a valid copy of a prescription from a registered medical practitioner.



E-pharmacy websites must also ensure no schedule X or other sensitive habit-forming medicines are processed and that there are adequate checks in place to prevent sale of such drugs.



“We are working with private players to develop a centralized online system that involves manufacturers and supply chain managers to develop a fool-proof system for online sale of medicines,”  Drug Controller General of India, Dr G N Singh said.



“Consumers need quality medicines at an affordable price. Drugs and Cosmetics Act is the most poorly implemented — thus making consumers vulnerable to counterfeit medicines and self-medication,” said Bejon Mishra, Founder at Partnership for Safe Medicines (PSM) India.


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Congratulations , FICCI  !



I am happy that you have taken cognizance of my following suggestion , sent to you as an E Mail on 11 Oct  2015


I do hope , in course of time , you will succeed in co-opting all the AGENCIES listed in my suggestion , to ensure for our citizens , a world-class HEALTH CARE


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11  Oct  2015




{ http://myblogepage.blogspot.in/2015/10/3-d-digital-delivery-of-drugs.html }


( let us call it , " Dispenser " )



On 14th Oct , 8 lakh pharmacy stores will go on strike to persuade Government to prohibit sale of " Prescription Drugs " by e-Pharmacies such as 1mg.com / Zigy.com , not to  speak of e-Com sites like Amazon / SnapDeal / Flipkart etc



Reason advanced :

*  Online sale puts consumers at risk



Real reason ?

*  Loss of jobs of 4 million persons employed by 800,000 pharmacy stores

*  Loss of business worth Rs 80,000 Crores



Current legal provision :


*  Drugs and Cosmetics Act,1940 does not prohibit online sale of medicines



Govt response :

*  Set up a Committee to draft new provisions in Law to regulate online sale



My take :

*  One day , everything will be sold online from web sites 10,000 Km away !

*  There is no way march of EVERYTHING ONLINE can be stopped or slowed




My Suggestions :


 Govt to upload a Mobile App ( DISPENSER ? ) on Health Ministry web site


 All doctors must download it , after proper registration / authentication


*  App will get embedded with full details of that doctor who uses it


*  Doctors to enter Patient Data in App  / then enter prescribed Drug Details


*  Doctor will SMS app data entered , to concerned patient's mobile


*  Patient will SMS entered app data to mobile of Chemist of his choice

*  Chemist will deliver the medicine to the patient with Bill Details in App


*  Chemist will deliver the medicine to the patient with Bill Details in App


*  Every action / transaction on App , will get automatically emailed to web
    Servers of


       #  Health Ministry


       #  All India Medical Association


       #   All India Organization of Chemists and Druggists ( AIOCD ) 



       #   Drug Controller General of India




Advantages :


*   Jobs / business of Chemists / Druggists saved


*   Great convenience for patients / no need to visit Drug Store


*   No chance of Chemist " misinterpreting " doctor's handwriting  !


*   Full History of


     #  Each Patient ( great benefit to Prescribing doctors )


     #  Each Drug    ( great benefit to Pharma Companies  )


     #  Each Chemist Shop  ( great benefit to Govt / AIOCD / Tax Dept )


     #  Each Doctor  ( great interest to All India Medical Association )



This is our chance , not only to deliver world-class healthcare to millions but also to get rid of a huge amount ofUNETHICAL PRACTICES in , what is a HUMANITARIAN PROFESSION !

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25 Dec  2016

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