Accordingly the Madras High Court had reserved its verdict on the plea for stay on ban of online sale of drugs ordered by a single judge bench of the court. Meanwhile a two-judge bench consisting of Justices M Sathyanarayanan and P Rajamanickam also stated that the ban ordered earlier by the court shall not come into force till they pronounce their verdict. Furthermore the order came after a group of e-pharmaceutical firms filed a petition in the court for a stay to the ban imposed by an earlier judgment.
Meanwhile in the earlier order delivered on December 17, Justice Pushpa Sathyanarayana had stated that online sale of drugs be banned until the Drugs and Cosmetics (Amendment) Rules of 2018 permitting the sale of drugs and cosmetics through websites is notified by the Centre.
Moreover the counsels for the Tamilnadu Chemists and Druggists Association who had filed the original petition seeking a ban on online pharmacies stuck to their stand that online sale cannot be permitted until the rules are notified by the government of India. Earlier TNCDA had first approached the court requesting a ban citing that though purchasing medicines online is convenient to the consumer, it poses severe health risks since the medicines could come from unlicensed online stores.