The coming and functioning of online medicine stores has faced many challenges since its inception. Many people are still confused about the legality of online medical stores. The biggest concern behind the questionable condition of virtual pharmacies is the trend of providing medications without proper prescriptions. All such ill-practices give birth to doubts and confusions. The biggest threat of buying medicines without having a proper prescription has been conquered by allowing the clients to upload the prescription in the virtual format. Once it is uploaded, the online pharmacy takes it for verification to check on the authenticity of the same. An interesting addition to this practice is that one prescription can be used only once to purchase medicines online. The law supporting buying of medicines online has been divided into three main categories:
Some of the main bodies designing regulations for online pharmacies are FICCI, Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They introduce laws by following the guidelines of the Information Technology(IT) Act, Pharmacy Practice Regulations, 2015, the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940, and Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act. All the bodies are collectively working towards the betterment of online medicine market and to majorly ensure convenience and safety of the layman.