BENGALURU: Myra Medicines, an E-pharmacy app seems to have landed itself in trouble after, the Drug Controller of Karnataka filed a case against the said company for selling of Schedule H drug and other banned medicines in the state without a valid prescription.
The complaint against the venture was filed after an Non-government organisation (NGO) activist of Swadesh Seva Santha, Rahul Singh, who approached the Karnataka Drug Controller authority alleging that Myra Medicines was selling banned drugs as it is against the Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940, Drugs and Cosmetics Rules 1945, the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985 and FDA.
As per all the regulations, any drug or medicine cannot be sold to the patient or any other person without a valid prescription signed by a registered medical practitioner.
To prove the Myra Medicines’s violations of the law, the member of the Swadesh Seva Santha NGO placed various ordered Corex, Schedule H medicines like Moxikind CV 625mg, Jalra M 50/500mg, Daonil 5mg and Nurokind 500 mcg through their app with the venture delivering all the medicines without demanding a valid prescription, reports TOI
The activist issued a statement said, “Such practices of delivering banned and psychotropic medicines without a valid prescription can make a drug seem bio-available and safe, when in reality it is not. Long term use of banned drugs like Corex can lead to serious kidney damage or constipation. These banned and psychotropic drugs are being sold in bulk to the youth, which has resulted in high rise of drug abuse and antibiotic microbial resistance”.
The Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 is an Act of the Parliament of India which regulates the import, manufacture and distribution of drugs in India.The primary objective of the act is to ensure that the drugs and cosmetics sold in India are safe, effective and conform to state quality standards. The related Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945 contains provisions for classification of drugs under given schedules and there are guidelines for the storage, sale, display and prescription of each schedule.