New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: In a huge relief, the government on Thursday allowed the doorstep delivery of medicines and drugs to people in wake of the 21-day nation-wide lockdown to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

According to the official notification released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the medicines that will be provided at doorstep should fall under the Schedule H category which means such drugs cannot be purchased without the prescription of a qualified doctor.

"The Central Government is satisfied that retail sale of drugs to the doorstep of consumers is essential to meet the requirements of emergency arising due to pandemic COVID-19 and in the public interest, it is necessary and expedient to regulate the sale and distribution of drugs for their delivery to the consumers," read the notification issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

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The notification further read that the licensee shall submit an e-mail ID for registration with the licensing authority if prescriptions are to be received through email.

It also read that the prescription shall be dispensed only if it is presented to the licensee within 30 days of its issue and in acute cases, the prescription shall be dispensed only if it is presented to the licensee within 7 days of its issue.

The bill or cash memo shall be sent by the return email and records of all such transactions shall be maintained by the licensee, the notification said.

The government has imposed a 21-day nation-wide lockdown in the country to stop the novel coronavirus from spreading that has affected more than 600 in the country and claimed the lives of 13.

The government, however, has said that all the essential services will be avaible and urged people not to panic and avoid all 'non-essential' travel.

(With ANI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma