Food and Drug Administration Attitude Change to Ban Online Sale of Prescription Drugs


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2017-11-15

The General Administration of Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) solicited opinions from the public on the "Measures for the Supervision and Administration of Online Drug Business" on November 14. In the draft for soliciting opinions, the Food and Drug Administration intends to clearly stipulate that retail enterprises shall not sell prescription drugs through the Internet.

In the era of the rise of pharmaceutical e-commerce, the Internet sales of prescription drugs has always been a hot issue in the industry, and many people have called for the Internet sales of prescription drugs to be banned ". However, judging from the newly released "Measures for the Supervision and Administration of Online Drug Business", the Food and Drug Administration still has reservations and does not intend to liberalize online sales of prescription drugs for the time being.

As early as May 2014, the State Food and Drug Administration issued a version of the "Internet Food and Drug Business Supervision and Administration Measures (Draft for Comment)." In this version of the draft for comments, it is written that "Internet drug operators shall sell prescription drugs by prescription in accordance with the requirements of drug classification management regulations". In other words, according to the draft for comments at the time, prescription drugs could be sold on the Internet.

However, in the latest consultation draft released on November 14, the attitude of regulators has changed. Article 8 of the draft for comments intends to stipulate that "if the online drug seller is a drug production or wholesale enterprise, it shall not sell drugs to individual consumers. If the online drug seller is a drug retail chain enterprise, it shall not sell prescription drugs, drugs that the state has special management requirements, etc. through the network."