How to start Medical Store in India?

Pharmaceutical sector is regulated under drug and cosmetic act & rules. Every activity i.e. manufacturing, distribution, retailing and dispensing is regulated under this act. Chemist shop is come under retail business in pharmaceutical sector.

Pharmaceutical retail business includes Drugs store, druggists, chemists and pharmacy. There are some minor differences between all these but we are not covering here. You can check difference between Drug Store, Druggist, Chemist and pharmacy here

Chemist/Druggist shops/ Medical Stores are the pharmacy retail stores who employ the services of registered pharmacist but don’t maintain a pharmacy for compounding of medicines against prescription of registered medical practitioner. Chemists and Druggists deals in pre packed medicines and dispense in actual form of packaging as received from manufacturer.

Requirements for Starting medical store:

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Retail drug license is issued by District Drug control office. You need to apply for granting of drug retail license at District Drug control office which generally located at headquarter city of a district. First you should visit at drug office and confirm all requirements necessary for applying for drug retail license and then proceed further.

Success and failure of a chemist shop depends at many factors like:

  • Location of shop
  • Number of registered medical practitioner available in the locality
  • Number of hospitals available in that locality
  • Number of chemist shop already present
  • Patient’s potential and reaches at that locality
  • Your relationship with medical professionals
  • Credibility and fame of your medical store
  • Acquaintance in that locality etc.

Documents required for Drug Retail license:

  • Application in prescribed application form
  • Prescribed Fee
  • Appointment letter of pharmacist (In case either of proprietor/partner/directors are not pharmacist)
  • Registration certificate copy of pharmacist (State Pharmacy council Registration Certificate copy)
  • Affidavit of pharmacist
  • Qualification certificate copy of pharmacist i.e. D. Pharmacy/B. Pharmacy/Pharma D certificate copy
  • Date of birth proof of pharmacist
  • Address proof of pharmacist
  • Shop possession proof (Ownership proof or rent agreement which is applicable)
  • Refrigerator purchase bill copy
  • Partnership deep/MOA/Registration copy if any
  • Affidavit of proprietor/partners/directors
  • Address proof of proprietor/partners/directors
  • Blue print/layout plan of shop in three copies
  • Any other documents asked by drug authority

Step-wise procedure for starting Chemist Shop:

  • Search for shop at desired location which consider potential for pharmacy retail business
  • Conduct research and survey about prescription habits of RMP’s, buying habits of local people in case of OTC products etc
  • Make a list of all distributors and stockist present of required products
  • Finalize shop and complete legal formality i.e. rent agreement, shop registration (if any) etc
  • Appointment of a registered pharmacist (in case proprietor/partner/director is not a pharmacist)
  • Finishing and furnishing of shop as per pharmacy retail shop standard.
  • Purchase air conditioner and refrigerator
  • Prepare blueprint of shop
  • Complete all necessary documents and visit to nearby District drug control office
  • Apply for retail drug license number
  • If your file is accepted, then Drug Inspector or any concerned person will inspect your premises for authenticity of documents and shop, and whether it compile with drug and cosmetic act & rules standards or not.
  • If all specifications is fulfilled and Drug authority is satisfied. Your application will be processed and retail drug license number will be issued.
  • Now you can start dispensing of medicines and pharmaceutical products.


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