‘Jan Aushadhi Stores’ to provide affordable medicines to masses

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 30 Dec 2016 10:28:51

 

By Rajendra Diwe,

 

About 3,000 such stores would start functioning across country by March 2017

IN A decision that will go a long way in providing quality healthcare and generic medicines at affordable prices Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched a scheme to set up ‘Jan Aushadhi Stores’ in the country. The scheme, titled ‘Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP)’, will ensure financial help of Rs 2.5 lakh to NGOs, agencies, individuals in setting up such generic medicines stores in government or private hospitals and also on private land.


Under the scheme, space is provided free of cost by the government to the operating agency.
The Department of Pharmaceuticals, under Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers, decided to revive the existing ‘Jan Aushadhi Medical Store’ scheme started in 2008 under the 11th Five-Year Plan.


According to this ambitious plan, as many as 3,000 ‘Jan Aushadhi Stores’ will start functioning in the country by March 2017. All districts in the country will be covered under the scheme.


Also, the product range has been increased to 1,000 products including medicines, surgical items, consumable, stents and replacements etc.


BPPI (Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India) will be the implementation agency for the scheme. Government of India will provide full financial support to BPPI during the initial years. When the scheme is well established, BPPI will make efforts to recover as much expenses it incurred on salary, wages, office expenses, and publicity expenses through trade margin.


Opening a ‘Jan Aushadhi Store’ has been made easy under the revived scheme. State Governments or any organisation, reputed NGOs, trusts, private hospitals, charitable institutions, doctors, unemployed pharmacists, and even individual entrepreneurs are eligible to apply for new stores.


As per the norms, the applicants shall have to employ one BPharma/DPharma degree holder as pharmacist in their proposed store.
BPPI will source medicines both from Pharma PSUs as well as from private companies. However, PSUs would have the first right to supply the products that they manufacture in their plants.


BPPI will ensure that private manufactures are only reputed organisations by incorporating strict terms and conditions in the tender specifications.