The government has given a new direction to public healthcare in India by strengthening health infrastructure. Through the provision of affordable and accessible healthcare services, millions of Indian citizens have been saved from the poverty trap caused due to high healthcare expenditure.
To provide quality generic medicines at an affordable price, the Department of Pharmaceuticals had launched Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana. Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana stores have been set up to provide generic drugs available at lesser prices but are efficient in quality and efficacy.
Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Kendras: Looking after Citizens
Jan Aushadhi Kendras have been opened to provide generic medicines at affordable prices. At present, 8012 Jan Aushadhi Kendras are functional across the country. The product basket of Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana comprises 1451 drugs and 240 surgical items.
The price of Jan Aushadhi Medicines is based on the principle of – a maximum of 50% of the average price of the top three branded medicines. Therefore, the prices of these medicines are 50 to 90 per cent lower than the market price.
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