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A lobby with over 850,000 pharmacies across India has asked the government to divest Aarogya Setu Mitr portal from the government’s Covid tracker Aarogya Setu app that says several “foreign funded and illegally operating” e-pharmacies used the portal to further their business interests in India.

The portal shows a number of e-pharmacies and telemedicine services.

“We are shocked and concerned to find that www.aarogyasetumitr.in is being used by foreign funded and illegally operating e-pharmacies to advance their business interests in India, even though the business model adopted by the e-pharmacies is illegal, mandated by orders of the Hon’ble Delhi High Court and may cause serious harm to the health and well-being of the citizen, “All India Organization of Chemists and Druggists (AIOCD) said this in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

It called it a matter of grave concern, saying that listing pharmacy is “discriminatory and unreasonable” for individual retailers who are able to provide medicines right out the door but have not received market exposure through Aarogya Setu- app or portal.

“The said site, which is linked to the Aarogya Setu application, is a matter of greater concern as the belief that the public has laid down in said application is betrayed by allowing illegal e-pharmacies to operate in India,” said Rajiv Singhal, Secretary General of the AIOCD.

The letter said that even if the government wants to offer the option of home delivery, the criteria for market exposure on the portal is “irrational, unfair, arbitrary and fixed malafidely” of vested interests to exclude individual retailers who sell drugs in accordance with the law and provide also the option of home delivery.

AIOCD has asked the government to discontinue exposure given to e-pharmacies in the application leading the user to this site.

Earlier, Swadeshi Jagran Manch carrier Ashwani Mahajan had also taken up the matter and in a number of tweets complained that the Arogya Setu app is advertising e-pharma companies offering huge discounts and “threatening pharmacies nearby”.



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