No Ban, Regulate
It is a well-known fact that drugs are available on the Internet, despite actual ban of retail sales of drugs. As remote sales of drugs are outside the legal framework, no one is liable for sales of falsified, expired and even banned product.
In order to impose order in that field, the Ministry of Healthcare has already prepared a Draft of Statement of the Government of the Russian Federation “On Approval of the Procedures of Remote Retail Sales of Medicinal and Veterinary Drugs (Excluding Narcotic and Psychotropic Drugs) and on Making Amendments to Specific Acts of the Government of the Russian Federation”. That order thoroughly describes requirements to retail remote commerce of drugs available to all citizens. Roszdravnadzor will undertake the surveillance functions.
Introduction of remote commerce of drugs into the legal framework will ensure patient safety, as it will prevent sales of falsified, expired and unapproved drugs.
Notification on the draft preparation has been posted at the official website regulation.gov.ru.