Maharashtra’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has raided the corporate office of Snapdeal for allegedly selling prescription drugs online. A team of FDA officers raided the premises of the Snapdeal in Mumbai. 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.
Meanwhile, as per TOI report, the company has de-listed the drugs on its portal and is assisting FDA in the investigation. It has further added that, “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.”
FDA Commissioner Harshadeep Kamble said that only a licensed retailer can sell drugs online and adding such type of online sales of drugs is now allowed and it may be harmful to people. He has also ordered other FDA officials to visit the offices of the other online retailers like Flipkart and Amazon to check for such violation.
In 2014, FDA has cracked on 27 online firms located in Mumbai, Thane and Pune for illegally selling Viagra to African and European countries.