New Delhi, Dec. 4 -- The Centre has ordered a halt to online drug sales through unlicensed online platforms-e-pharmacies-as it works on rules to regulate the sector. Mint attempts to unravel the issues behind the tug-of-war between e-pharmacies and the next-door chemist.

1) How are e-pharmacies different?

E-pharmacies receive request for prescription and non-prescription medicines. For prescription drugs, the doctor's instruction note has to be uploaded. Medical devices like blood pressure and sugar monitor can also be ordered through them. These platforms then forward the orders to a licensed pharmacy in their network that is registered with the government authorities. They deliver the order to the customer through a courier. Some e-ph...