Ministry of Health wants to tighten requirements for online sales of prescription drugs

The Ministry of Health did not approve the draft law of the Ministry of Economic Development on conducting an experiment on distance selling of prescription drugs, said a source involved in the development of the document. The representative of the Ministry of Economic Development confirmed this information.

The approval in the current edition may lead to admission to online sales of “substandard drugs”, according to the response of the Ministry of Health, a copy of which was reviewed by Vedomosti. This is due to the fact that the project does not describe how the participants in the experiment will interact with each other, it says. It also does not stipulate that all prescription drugs sold online must be included in the product labeling system, and each stage of implementation must be recorded there. The representative of the Ministry of Health only noted that it is necessary to work out a delivery model that will ensure the safety of patients.

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