Maharashtra FDA raids Snapdeal premises for selling drugs

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Mumbai: E-commerce major Snapdeal.com suffered a huge blow to its reputation and credibility after Maharashtra’s Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) raided its premises for allegedly selling prescription drugs online on Friday.

Meanwhile, the company has said it has delisted the drugs on its portal and is assisting the FDA in the investigation.” upon receiving the notice, we have delisted the products and provided all information to the FDA team. We shared the details of our fulfillment center as required by the FDA team. Upon their visit to the fulfillment center, they have not found any such product. We are assisting the FDA team in this investigation,” a Snapdeal spokesperson said.

FDA Commissioner Harshadeep Kamble said, “A team of FDA officers yesterday raided the premises of Snapdeal in Mumai. A notice was issued to the company and it was asked to furnish details of the drugs offered for sale, distribution and exhibited for sale on their website Snapdeal.com.”

Kamble added, “We received information that various drugs, including prescription drugs, are being sold online through Snapdeal.com after which our team raided the premises of a related company.”

As per the law, only a licensed retailer can sell drugs, and that too on the basis of prescription of doctor, he said, adding such type of online sale of drugs is not allowed such kind of self-medication may be harmful to patients.

 “Snapdeal certainly cannot act like a doctor or pharmacist, therefore we have ordered search of the offices of Snapdeal and also their godowns,” Kamble added.

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