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FDA indicts Snapdeal for selling prescription drugs; Amazon, Flipkart also ‘under’ scanner

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

In a major crackdown on the sale of prescription drugs online, The Maharashtra Food & Drugs Administration (FDA) has come down heavily upon e-commerce website Snapdeal.

As per FDA Commissioner Harshadeep Kamble the FDA sleuths raided Snapdeal’s office in Goregaon, north-west Mumbai, after a specific tip-off was received that prescription drugs like Ascoril cough syrup, Viagra tablets, and other medicines were being sold online.

The official said that Snapdeal.com has been asked to provide details of the people involved, medical stores, companies, their respective documents including agreements, challans, invoices, payment details etc.

The FDA directive mandates Snapdeal to immediately withdraw offers for sale and exhibition of such drugs from its e-commerce sites and delist them, which the company has agreed to comply with.

The FDA has also ordered a search of Snapdeal’s offices and godowns in this connection.

Responding to the allegations, Snapdeal denied findings of any such restricted products at their fulfillment centre by the FDA team. Snapdeal, however, assured help to the FDA sleuths in their investigations.

An official spokesperson of Snapdeal said, “Though we periodically educate sellers on engaging in fair and safe sales on the platform and consequences of selling inappropriate products, at times sellers end up listing such products.”

“Upon being notified of any such products, we delist the products and take appropriate action against such seller. In this case, upon receiving the notice, we have delisted the products and provided all information to the FDA team”, he further added.

The FDA Commissioner also said that Flipkart and Amazon offices will also be investigated to ascertain whether they are also indulging in such activities, for which details are being sought.

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Amazon Decides to Lay off its Game Studios

Founded in 2012, Amazon Game Studios has released just a handful of games

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The brands that focus on creating trust along with profits and growth are the ones that will survive in this business.VOA

Amazon has laid off dozens of developers at its little-known videogame branch, Amazon Game Studios, which develops online games.

Amazon Game Studios has allowed the affected employees 60 days to look for new positions within Amazon, according to one person who was laid off. If they fail to find employment within that period, they would receive severance packages, the Kotaku reported on Friday.

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Security guards stand at the reception desk of the Amazon India office in Bengaluru, India, Aug. 14, 2015. VOA

“Amazon Game Studios is reorganising some teams to allow us to prioritise development of New World, Crucible and new unannounced projects we’re excited to reveal in the future,” an Amazon spokesperson was quoted as saying.

Founded in 2012, Amazon Game Studios has released just a handful of games.

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All of the releases have been designed for mobile devices with one exception — ‘The Grand Tour Game’ — on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, based on the Amazon Prime original series of the same name, according to the CNBC. (IANS)