Drug firm to start mail, online sales


In an extraordinary move, drugmaker Kobayashi Pharmaceutical Co. has announced it will start selling medicine via mail order and over the Internet in September.

Kobayashi had been selling nutritional supplements and cosmetics in this manner but now intends to expand its offerings through these channels to foster a future growth segment.

Kobayashi Pharmaceutical plans to sell medicines designed to treat high cholesterol, joint and back pain and flatulence as well as offer vitamin products. The company hopes to start taking orders from its 480,000-strong customer base on Sept. 1.