Reportedly, it was widely reported that the country's drug regulator put a halt on the online sale of drugs. The Central drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO), under the Directorate General of health services, recently issued a letter to all states and union territories. The letter stated that the matter will be taken up in a delhi high court order in 2018 with compliance with “necessary action”. Further instruction from the government to a license and directing the government to prohibit the same.
The madras high court, which has filed an interim order based on the delhi HC order, has issued a license and asked for a competent authority to buy stall sales. Perhaps this stay, however, was later vacated by the madras high court in january 2019. HoweverHowever, many of the major players in the e-pharmacy space are too perturbed by the CDSCO letter. Maybe they say that none of them stock the drugs themselves but get a prescription from a pharmacist.
Reportedly, the PIL was filed in the delhi high court, a petition filed by Dr Zaheer Ahmed, who said the online illegal sale of drugs would lead to a drug epidemic, drug abuse, and misuse of habit-forming and addictive drugs. Dr Zaheer also moved to a plea deal in april against online providers, contending that e-pharmacies continue to "blatantly" violate the high court's direction, and the union government is not doing anything to stop it. Following this, the court issued notices to the Center and some e-pharmacies. Apparently E-Pharmacies told The court in July that they are an intermediary where they only supply the medications, the likening themselves to the food-delivery app, Swiggy.