In implementation of the decree of the president, the Russian parliament approved amendments to the laws On Information, Information Technologies and Information Protection and On Circulation of Medicines, which allow pharmacies to conduct online sales of over-the-counter drugs and medical devices for home delivery.
Before it, online order of medicines was also available, but only with self-delivery from a drugstore.
From now on, the free delivery of OTC drugs is allowed by ordinary courier services, employees without a special pharmaceutical education.
The online sale and delivery of prescription drugs, narcotic drugs, and alcohol-containing drugs remains prohibited.
At the same time, amendments were introduced to the Criminal Code and the Code of Administrative Offenses, which significantly toughen the penalty for selling counterfeited drugs online.
For circulation of counterfeited, substandard and unregistered medicines, medical devices and circulation of falsified biologically active additives on the Internet, forced labor for a period of 4 to 5 years with the deprivation of the right to occupy certain positions or engage in certain activities for a period of 1 to 3 years will be threatened or imprisonment for a term of 4 to 6 years with a fine in the amount of 750 thousand to 2.5 million rubles, or in the amount of wages or other income for a period of 1 to 2 years.
For the sale of counterfeited, substandard, unregistered medicines or dietary supplements, including through the media or the Internet, if these actions do not contain signs of a criminal offense, individuals will face a fine of 75 to 200 thousand rubles, for officials and individual entrepreneurs – from 150 to 800 thousand rubles or administrative suspension of activity for a period of up to 90 days, for legal entities – from 2 to 5 million rubles or administrative suspension of activities for up to 90 days.