Regulate Online Sale of Prescription Drugs, Demands CPI(M) MP

T N Seema (CPI-M) said during Zero Hour that e-commerce sites were selling prescribed medicines, which was open to misuse.

Published: 17th December 2015 03:03 PM  |   Last Updated: 17th December 2015 03:03 PM   |  A+A-


NEW DELHI: Demands for regulating the sale of prescription medicines on e-commerce sites, central intervention against the "retrograde" Haryana panchayat polls law and lifting of the ban on Jallikattu bull-fight in Tamil Nadu were made in the Rajya Sabha today.

T N Seema (CPI-M) said during Zero Hour that e-commerce sites were selling prescribed medicines, which was open to misuse.

Uncontrolled sale of medicine poses serious challenge to the drug control authority, she said, adding that Schedule X drugs, including narcotic and psychotropic drugs, were also available online.

Sale of Schedule S drugs or cosmetics without prescription was also not permitted, she said.

Recently a FIR was lodged against Snapdeal in Maharashtra for sale of prescription drugs, Seema said, demanding framing of regulations for online sale of drugs and medicines.

Jharna Das Baidya, also of the CPI-M, raised the issue of Harayana Panchayati Raj Amendment Act imposing education criteria for standing of rural local body elections and demanded the Centre's intervention against the "retrograde" amendment.

The Supreme Court recently upheld Haryana's Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Act, 2015 which fixes matriculation as essential qualification for general candidates contesting panchayat polls. The qualification for women (general) and Scheduled Caste candidates has been fixed at Class VIII.

Baidya said as a result of the law, 83 per cent of SC women and 72 per cent general women cannot contest the local elections. Similarly, 71 per cent of SC men and 56 per cent general men are ineligible to contest these elections.

Stating that the law fixing minimum educational criteria had long-term implications, she said such a decision would only be deterimental to what has been achieved so far.


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