Hyderabad: Privacy of data generated in online pharmacies and the clause in the draft rules asking them to share it with the Central and state government has got online pharmacies wary.
They want better clarity from the government. The All India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists have raised a hue and cry about sharing patient data.
The draft rules state that the information generated through the e-pharmacy portal like prescriptions must not be disclosed to any other person for any reason but they have to disclose it to the Central and state government for public health purposes. The draft policy also mandates localisation of data within the country and states that the data will be stored in India only.
Mr Prashant Tandon, president of Digital Health Platforms, an association of e-pharmacies of India, said, “We are seeking clarity from the government on privacy of data and also disclosing data for the public health sector. The primary objective to bring together all the e-pharmacies is to improve availability of affordable and quality medicines. With the help of technology, medicines will reach the farthest corners of the country.”