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:
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:
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
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.