Online pharma players seek clarity on data privacy in government's e-pharmacy policy

Digital health platforms said they are in total support of the government's e-pharmacy draft rules.

E-pharmacy players on 25 September said they support the government's draft e-pharmacy policy but look forward to more clarity on the data privacy and data management.

Digital health platforms said they are in total support of the draft rules, as it would bring affordability and transparency for consumers, and would oppose the nation-wide strike called by the All India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists (AIOCD) on 28 September.

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"Few areas we would like additional clarity on…would be data privacy and data management," said Prashant Tandon, co-founder, 1mg, on being asked about problems faced by the sector.

The online pharma players were speaking at a media briefing here.

Tandon further said: "There is a parallel Sri Krishna Committee for digital data, which is going on... We would prefer a clarity whether we have to comply with it…"

Talking of the recent opposition to the government's draft policy, the stakeholders said e-pharmacies would empower consumers and provide them multiple options to help them make an informed choice while buying their medicines.

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