An association of pharmaceutical distributors has warned the startup and all investors of legal ramifications after epharmacy Pharmallama received funding from multiple investors on the TV show Shark Tank India.
Pharmallama runs a ‘full-service pharmacy and comprehensive medication management platform,’ delivering medication to users in pre-sorted sachets. The South Chemists and Distributors Association (SCDA) of Delhi claimed in a letter to the startup’s founders and the Health Ministry that Pharmallama’s operations are illegal and should be shut down immediately in the public interest. The SCDA claimed in its letter that operating an epharmacy is against Indian law. Furthermore, no rule allowing repacking of medicines has yet been formulated in the country.