Bangalore-based HealthTech startup Practo has added an option on its app that allows users to order medicine. Currently, the service is only available in a few places in Bangalore.
For the medicines that are marked ‘Rx’ on the app the users are asked to show a prescription at the time of delivery. For majority of the medicines, users will have to upload an image of their prescription in order to get the medicines delivered.
Medicines listed on the platform include over-the-counter, prescription drugs as well as Ayurvedic medicine. The feature is still in beta testing and a few weeks away from being completely ready.
Under its terms and conditions, the company claims to be an online aggregator of local pharmacies and promises delivery only if a user has a verified original prescription issued by a registered medical practitioner.
In June 2015, FICCI was appointed as the nodal agency to consolidate and frame guidelines for online sales of medicines through ecommerce. In December, the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) issued a notice asking all drug control administrations of state governments and union territories to take action against ‘epharmacies’ that are selling medicines online in violation of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act and Rules.