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Can a pharmacist prescribe medicines?

Query: I was watching your online video to understand the difference between pharmacy retail store and chemist store. I need to know few information as I am doing a research on understanding how pharmacies work in India . Can the pharmacy get into direct marketing activities with the consumers? Can a pharmacist prescribe medicines? Are there any restrictions about who can access Family Planning products/ services through drug shops or pharmacies? Can a pharmacist administer Injections if the client wants? Response: Check out: General Basic knowledge about pharmaceutical sector here Check: How to start retail pharmacy business in India? 1. Can the pharmacy get into direct marketing activities with the consumers? Most pharmaceutical products are prescription based. Pharmacy can't get into the direct marketing activity of prescription medicines. But for OTC, cosmetics, nutraceuticals and ayurvedic products, pharmacy can indulge into direct marketing activity. Check difference betwee

Pharmaceutical Retailers

Pharmaceutical retailers deal into retailing of pharmaceutical products. They are in direct contact with patients or their caretakers. Pharmaceutical sector is regulated sector. Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, marketing, distribution and retail all is regulated through drug and cosmetic act & rules.

For becoming pharmaceutical retailer, one should have retail drug license from drug department. For applying for retail drug license, applicant should have fulfilled predefined requirements and documents.

Pharmaceutical retailers are Chemists, Drug Stores, Pharmacy Store, and online Pharmacies etc. There are little bit different between all these pharmaceutical retail businesses.

Pharmacy stores are the pharmaceutical retailers who employ the service of registered pharmacist and are engaged into compounding, preparing and dispensing of drugs against prescription of registered medical practitioner.

Chemists are the pharmaceutical retailers who employ service of registered pharmacist but don’t engaged in compounding and preparation of drugs, only engaged into dispensing of pre-packed drugs against prescription of registered medical practitioner (in case of OTC, without prescription).

Drug stores are the pharmaceutical retailers who do not employ service of registered pharmacist

Online Pharmacies are the pharmaceutical retailers who employ the service of pharmacist and engaged into online selling of drugs against prescription of registered medical practitioner (in case of OTC, without prescription).

General Requirements for Pharmaceutical Retail Business:
  • Premises and Shop: Minimum of 10 Sq. Meter areas
  • Registered Pharmacist
  • Retail Drug License
  • FSSAI registration (If deals in food and dietary supplements also)
  • Shop Registration
  • GST Number (If turnover above 40 lakh annually or compulsory for online pharmacies)

Read Related: Difference between Drug Store, Druggist, Chemist and pharmacy

Documents required for Applying for retail drug license:
  • Application form
  • Fee Receipt
  • Pharmacist appointment letter and qualification & registration documents of registered pharmacist
  • Shop possession proof (Ownership proof or rent agreement)
  • Affidavits of proprietor/partners/directors and pharmacist
  • Blue print/layout of premises etc
  • Refrigerator purchase bill
  • Other documents whatever asked by drug authority

Hope above information is helpful to you....
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