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Primary Agricultural Credit Societies (PACS) as new Jan Aushadhi Kendras

Context

The Indian government has recently creating the establishment of Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Kendras by inclusion of  Primary Agricultural Credit Societies (PACS) nationwide.

Generic drugs

Definition   It refers the affordable versions of branded/patented  drugs introduced to the market once the original drug manufacturer's patent expires.

Utility : These medicines possess identical potency, quality, and effects, functioning in the same manner as their branded counterparts. Generic drugs are marketed by either their salt or brand name.

Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Kendras

Governing Law/Act :  It is established  under the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana, launched by the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers in November 2008.

Objective: Providing quality medicines at affordable prices, especially for the economically disadvantaged, to minimize healthcare-related out-of-pocket expenses.

Key Mechanism :  Aushadhi Kendras offer generic drugs, maintaining equivalent quality and efficacy to expensive branded drugs but at lower prices.

The Pharmaceutical & Medical Devices Bureau of India (PMBI), established under the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Government of India, collaborates with CPSUs to coordinate the procurement, supply, and marketing of generic drugs through the PMBKs.

Government as Facilitator : An incentive amount of Rs.5 lakh is provided for establishing a Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Kendra.

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