Union Of 850,000 Chemists Declare Amazon’s Online Medicine Sale As ‘Illegal’; Letter Shot To PM Modi
As per new reports coming in, all the chemists and druggists across the country have come together to protest against Amazon’s launch of online pharmacy business in Bengaluru.
In a letter to Jeff Bezos, they have complained that this online pharmacy business launched by Amazon’s Indian subsidiary is illegal.
For all the details about their complaint, read on!
Chemists And Druggists Association Of India Complains Against Online Pharmacy Launched in Bengaluru
Amazon India has recently launched Amazon Pharmacy, which is an online platform for people to shop for their health and personal care products at everyday low prices, as per Amazon.
The All India Organization of Chemists and Druggists (AIOCD) penned a letter to Jeff Bezos, the chief executive officer of Amazon Inc. complaining that the launch of the online pharmacy business by Amazon India in Bengaluru.
This letter also goes to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Health and Family Welfare Minister Harsh Vardhan, Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal, and other senior government officials.
Online Sale Of Medicines Is Ruled Illegal By Delhi Court: AIOCD Reminds
The association is of 850,000 Indian chemists who have listed multiple rules and laws, including the Drugs and Cosmetics Act and Drugs and Cosmetic Rules, along with a decision of the Delhi high court that put a stay on online pharmacies.
The organization states, “We have also given you enough evidences above to prove our point. We also have a full dossier ready on this subject and entering this space can bring on legal implications which can bring disrepute to Amazon’s name.”
The letter by AIOCD also reiterates the rules that an original prescription is necessary for every ‘prescription medicine’ sold. Also, the medicine should also be sold from a licensed seller, because of which the online sale of medicines has been deemed illegal.
As per reports, AIOCD also said that the government had allowed the online sale of medicines only during the lockdown as it would be an emergency under the critical situation that the country is going through. Delivering medicines to peoples’ homes would be against the decision of the court.