BENGALURU: A total of 8,361 Jan Aushadhi Kendras have been set up so far to provide good quality medicines at affordable prices to the poor, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said here on Sunday.
Speaking at an event of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ organized by the Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Bureau of India, which comes under the Department of Pharmaceuticals of the Central Government, he said that the prices of medicines at these centers are 50-90 per cent lower. Branded drugs in the open market.
He said that the scheme was started in 2008 and was revived in 2013. The number of people using generic drugs in the country has increased from 2 per cent to 10 per cent. A generic drug is similar to a branded drug in terms of dosage, safety, efficacy, route of administration, quality and performance.
He said, “The rich can easily afford the treatment, but the poor cannot buy medicines for thousands of rupees. Under the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, these centers provide lifelong medicines for diseases like BP, diabetes and cancer to the patients. was improved for,” he said. .
Opening these centers is a business opportunity and also a way to serve the poor. Shop owners get 20 percent commission and financial assistance of Rs 3 lakh to open a shop.
The incentive amount provided to center owners has been increased to Rs 5 lakh, which will be given on 15 per cent of monthly purchases, subject to a limit of Rs 15,000 per month. “These norms are in place so that the center does not shut down due to low profit margins,” Mandaviya said.
Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said that there are 62 Jan Aushadhi Kendras in Bengaluru South constituency of Madhya Pradesh Tejashwi Surya which will be increased to 100. MLA Ravi Subramanya said that this scheme is the target of former Union Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister Ananth Kumar.
In the program health kits were given to senior citizens and Jan Aushadhi Mitras were felicitated. These friends go door-to-door to deliver medicines.