A survey released on Wednesday revealed that about 90 per cent people are interested in online purchase of medicines.The survey was undertaken by Consumer Online Foundation, one of the leading consumer organisations in India, and Bureau of Research on Industry and Economic Fundamentals (BRIEF).A total of 4,600 people belonging to all age groups were interviewed for the survey. Around half the respondents were in the age group of 18 to 34 years. Of all the respondents, 88 per cent were males, while 12 per cent were females. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’According to the survey, consumers belonging to the age groups 65 to 70 years and 35 to 44 years showed the highest intent to use e-pharmacy in the market.“Around 74 per cent of the respondents agreed that convenience in choosing the time and location for the delivery of orders would improve the acceptability of e-pharmacy in the market,” the survey pointed out.“Around 84 per cent of the respondents are of the opinion that low prices, discounts, and savings on purchases would be a big feature that would attract consumers towards e-pharmacy,” it added. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAccording to the survey, 50 per cent of people said selling medicines without prescription is a norm and while 50 per cent of respondents admitted buying medicines from a chemist shop without prescription, 36 per cent never received any bill for the medicines bought. The survey also reveals that Drugs & Cosmetics Act, 1940 is the most flouted law in India with rise in medicines being sold without prescriptions and proper records through offline media. Founder of Consumer Online Foundation and Patient Safety and Access Initiative of India Foundation Bejon Misra said: “Government has set up a sub-committee to establish guidelines for online sale of medicines, scheduled to meet on July 8, for which the consumer survey finding can be helpful.”“The survey highlights the need for strict enforcement of all the existing laws and immediate legislation in place of the existing Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940. It can also bring changes in certain sections of all the other relevant laws to keep pace with changing timings and take stringent action against such criminals who are undermining the health and safety of the citizens,” he added.
Everton v NewcastlePremier League8pm, SKYUNBEATEN IS THE NEW MID-TABLE MEDIOCRITYFunny old game.Everton are the only unbeaten side in the Premier League but are only 8th in the table. If that’s what unbeaten does for you I’ll take losing Newcastle have hardly started well themselves with just 7 points from five games and it was a pretty disastrous weekend for the North East teams with Sunderland getting brushed aside by Liverpool in the Premier League yesterday and Middlesbrough losing 2-0 at QPR on Saturday.HEAD TO HEAD(Last 10)Jan 2013 Premier Newcastle 1-2 Everton Sep 2012 Premier Everton 2-2 Newcastle May 2012 Premier Everton 3-1 Newcastle Nov 2011 Premier Newcastle 2-1 Everton Mar 2011 Premier Newcastle 1-2 Everton Sep 2010 Premier Everton 0-1 Newcastle Feb 2009 Premier Newcastle 0-0 Everton Oct 2008 Premier Everton 2-2 Newcastle May 2008 Premier Everton 3-1 Newcastle Oct 2007 Premier Newcastle 3-2 EvertonTraditionally this fixture usually generates plenty of goals however an ncredible stat about Everton is just how hard it is proving for the away team to score at Goodison.Seven hours and six minutes have elapsed since Reading scored, with West Ham, Fulham, QPR, Manchester City, Stoke City, West Brom and Chelsea all drawing blanks.I can’t think of anything more original than just backing Everton to win tonight at around 4/6 with Star Sports.STAR FORECAST(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)10 points win EVERTON at around 4/6FOR DUCK’S SAKEThankfully, it appears that no one was seriously hurt in the latest incident involving a ‘Duck’ Boat on the Thames yesterday.Around 30 people were rescued after their tour boat caught on fire.The passengers were forced to jump overboard when flames took hold on the London Duck Tours amphibious vessel on a stretch of water close to Lambeth Bridge.Some 28 tourists and two crew members were hauled to safety by passing tour barges after the fire broke out shortly before midday on Sunday.A woman and a child were taken to hospital with suspected smoke inhalation.It is the third time this year that a Duck Tours vessel has run into difficulty.In a country now ruled by Health and Safety surely the Duck’s days are numbered and if not should be ?