With an intention to go up on e-pharmacies which are eating into their business, the Maharashtra State Chemists and Druggists Association (MSCDA), a regional branch of All India Organization of Chemists and Druggists Association (AIOCD) has tied up with Medipta Solutions, an online tool amassing all retail chemists to reach patients in 20 minutes over digital prescription.
The mobile-based application, Medipta available on android stage, was launched by Maharashtra state minister for food and drug administration in Mumbai on March 19, 2018, in the presence of AIOCD president JS Shinde and Rahul Bojwalwar, CEO of Medipta Solutions.
The application is free for patients but chemists need to pay an administration fee for it. They should pay Rs. 4,400 for the first year, Rs. 2,100 for second year and Rs. 1,800 for the third year. It will turn out to be free for them from the fourth year.
Medipta Solutions which took around two years to develop the application had directed a pilot with 100 chemists before the dispatch. Patients requiring drugs need to upload an image of the prescription given over by the doctor on Medipta application.
The prescription will be affirmed by specialists and nearby chemists will be intimated about this can supply drugs to the patients. Collaboration with Medipta Solutions is a step in such manner. In collaboration with Medipta, chemists will move toward becoming an organized force to strengthen present drug store retail chain.
Through this collaboration, not only stockists can supply meds to chemists according to need, but chemists can also supply medicines to patients, doctors and keep up records of prescription. Chemists and pharmacists can get the advantage of stock inventory in this application. Chemists can get an update if medicines not delivered to patients on time.
When asked about dilution of AIOCD’s stand against online drug stores with the adoption of online tool aggregating chemists, Shinde said “We are not against government’s decision to make regulation to facilitate online sale of drugs but it should be done subsequent to addressing to issues such as lack of adequate digital infrastructure, misuse of opiates and habit-forming drugs and ensuring quality drugs reach to individuals.”
“Government is looking into technical aspects identified with making an online platform to have the capacity to encourage the online sale of meds in a transparent and regulated way. The sole aim is to make the best utilization of data technology for such kind of online systems,” says former Drug Controller General of India Dr. G N Singh.
The online portal system which is at present being developed by Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) in consultation with Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP), Law Ministry and Commerce Ministry will involve manufacturers and supply chain managers.
Other than chemists, Medipta also associates patients, specialists, diagnostic labs, ambulance, hospitals, blood donation centers, medicinal device firms, insurance companies.