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NEW DELHI: The government on Thursday allowed retail sale of drugs at the doorstep of consumers during the 21-day nationwide lockdown.
The ministry of health and family welfare, in a notification, said “retail sale of drugs to the doorstep of consumers is essential to meet the requirements of emergency arising due to pandemic COVID-19 and in the public interest". The government said it is equally necessary and expedient to regulate the sale and distribution of drugs for their delivery to the consumers.
The Centre said government-approved retailers can sell such drugs on condition that the drug shall be based on receipt of prescription physically or through e-mail.
The government said the licensee will have to submit an e-mail ID for registration with the licensing authority if prescriptions are to be received through e-mail. “The drugs shall be supplied at the doorstep of the patients located within the same revenue district where the licensee (chemist shop) is located," the notification said.
The government said for chronic diseases, the prescription should be given to the chemist within 30 days of its issue while in acute cases, the prescription submitted should be within seven days of its issue.
A bill or cash memo should be provided to the customer for records of all such transactions, it added.