FIR against Meesho.com for the online sale of abortion drugs

FIR against Meesho.com for the online sale of abortion drugs

Thane, May 7 (UNI) No fewer than 13 FIRs have been filed against Meesho.com and vendors for the online sale of abortion drugs (Kit MTP), by the Food & Drugs Administration (FDA). FDA Deputy Commissioner Ganesh Rokade said that after obtaining information that abortion drugs were illegally sold on the online marketing portal Meesho.com, requests for MTP kits without a prescription were registered in various parts of the state as decoy clients by agents of this administration. On the Meesho.com online portal, cosmetics, jewelry, men’s and women’s clothing and other routine items are available for sale online. Under Beauty and Health, items such as Makeup, Wellness, and Skin Care are also available. However, there is no merchandise as the drugs were available for sale on the portal’s homepage. But when the word MTP is typed in the search window, the options like MTP Abortion Kit, MTP Kit Tablets, MTP Pills, MTP Tabs, etc. become available. By selecting any of these options, the image display of Abortion Drugs like Unwanted Kit, Dr Morepen MTP Kit in its latest salable pack appeared to add to cart. All requests were accepted without a medical prescription. In accordance with the above requests, a total of 16 MTP kits were received by mail. The received MTP Kit i.e. “Junk Kit” and “Dr. Morepen MTP Kit” are manufactured by Humanity Pharma and Dr. Morepen respectively and the distributors are from Varanasi, Agra and Delhi. The MTP Kit is a ‘Schedule H’ drug under the Medicines and Cosmetics Act 1940 and is only required to be sold on the prescription of a licensed physician. Also according to the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act 2002 and its Rules 2003, it is mandatory to use this medicine in a health facility and under the supervision of a service provider. However, Meesho.com promoted the illegal sale of MTP drugs. A total of 13 FIRs are registered with online sales portal Meesho.com and distributors in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi in police stations in Mumbai, Thane, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Aurangabad and Nagpur by drug inspectors of this administration under the relevant sections of the Medicines and Cosmetics Act, 1940 and IPC, 1860 during the period 22 April 2022 to 06 May 2022 for further investigation he said. UNI XR NV RJ

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