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Govt to finalise rules governing online pharmacies on June 10

Online pharmacies in India are a step closer to being formally recognised and regulated, with health ministry officials set to meet industry stakeholders on June 10 to finalise the rules governing them, Mint reported. The government released the draft rules as amendments to the Drugs and Cosmetics Act last August (read a copy here), and plans to roll them out in the first 100 days of its second term. Under the draft rules, only government-registered e-portals can sell medicines, and must retain prescriptions and verify details of patients and doctors. How big is India's online pharmacy market? The online pharmacy market in India is valued at about ₹2,000 crore, according to a report by The Hindu. It said that figures from the Union Health Ministry showed that this was less than 0.5% of the retail pharmacy market. Court battles over…

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