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Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana

The branded (Generic) medicines are sold at significantly higher prices than their un-branded generic equivalents, though are identical in the therapeutic value. Given the widespread poverty across the country, making available reasonably priced quality generic medicines in the market would benefit everyone.

Thus government of India has came up with Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana

The objective of the scheme is to make quality medicines available at affordable prices for all, particularly the poor and disadvantaged, through exclusive outlets “Jan Aushadhi Medical Store”, so as to reduce out of pocket expenses in healthcare. 

Important salient features of the scheme:

  • Jan Aushadhi stores can be located within Government hospital premises as well as Private hospital premises or anywhere outside.
  • In addition to medicines and surgical items supplied by BPPI, Jan Aushadhi stores will be allowed to sell allied medical products commonly sold in chemist shops so as to improve the viability of running the Jan Aushadhi store.
  • BPPI shall source the 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 shall ensure that private manufactures are only reputed organisations by incorporating strict terms and conditions in the tender specifications.
  • Tendering for medicines shall be only through e tendering.

About Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India

BPPI, the implementation agency for Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Kendra was established in December, 2008 under the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Government of India, with the support of all the CPSUs and has been registered as an independent society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 as a separate independent legal entity in April, 2010. BPPI follows the provisions of GFR, 2005 as amended from time to time, the CVC guidelines, and instructions from the Department of Pharmaceuticals.

The defined roles of BPPI are as follows:

  • Make quality generic medicines available at affordable prices for all
  • Marketing of generic drugs through the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Kendra (PMBJK)
  • Procurement of medicines from Central pharma PSUs and Private Sectors
  • Monitoring proper running of PMBJK

Practice question:

 1. 
Which of the following statement related to Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi scheme is correct?

       a) It will only provide quality generic medicines at affordable prices.

       b) Under this any medicine can be purchased by any individual without a prescription.

       c) The Janaushadhi Kendra will be set up in government hospitals only.

       d) All of the above

Ans: a

Exp: OTC products can be purchased by any individual without a prescription. A prescription from a registered medical practitioner is necessary for purchase of schedule drugs.

Jan Aushadhi stores can be located within Government hospital premises as well as Private hospital premises or anywhere outside.

 

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