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Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP)

Context

Following Mauritius' successful adoption (first country to adopt the Jan Aushadhi Scheme) of India's 'Jan Aushadhi Scheme', Nepal has approached India to establish Jan Aushadhi Kendras in its country. This move aims to provide Nepalese citizens with access to low-cost, high-quality generic medicines manufactured in India.

About the Scheme:

  • Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) is a flagship scheme of the Indian government, aimed at making quality generic medicines available at affordable prices.
  • This is achieved through dedicated outlets called Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Janaushadhi Kendras (PMBJK).
  • Currently, India boasts over 10,000 PMBJKs across the country, serving as vital hubs for dispensing affordable medicines to the public.
  • Aim: to reduce out-of-pocket expenditure for consumers/patients by offering quality medicines and surgical items at affordable prices.
  • By popularizing generic medicines, the scheme seeks to address the financial burden associated with healthcare and promote access to essential drugs for all segments of society.
  • Implementing Agency: The scheme is executed by the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Bureau of India, an autonomous society under the Department of Pharmaceuticals.
    • Through its extensive network of PMBJKs, the scheme ensures the availability of a wide range of generic medicines, catering to diverse healthcare needs across India.

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