Friday, January 28, 2022

Steel City gets its first generic medicine store at Mango

Jamshedpur : With a view to promoting affordable and effective generic drugs, the steel city and the East Singhbhum district got its first generic medicine store on Thursday. Saryu Roy, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Food and Supply, Jharkhand, inaugurated the store.

Under private initiative, the Jan Aushadhi Kendra, at Old Purulia Road in Mango, was inaugurated, under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Yojana (PMJAYóa scheme launched in 2008 aimed at providing quality medicines at affordable prices).

Saryu Roy appreciated the initative taken to open the store. He noted that the medicines would be available at much lower cost to patients.

ďWith a view to promoting affordable and effective generic drugs, the Centre has asked the States to provide space in government hospitals for their sale so that more Jan Aushadhi Stores could be opened,Ē noted a district official.

Ajay Singh, incharge of the store said that the medicines at the Jan Aushadhi store are priced less than 70 to 80 per cent the normal medicines found at retail stores. Around 500 different types of medicines will be available at the store.

A district official informed that though the Department of Pharmaceuticals launched the Jan Aushadhi Scheme in 2008 to make available and ensure easy access to medicines at affordable prices but, the scheme did not do well as expected and the government has embarked on a major publicity campaign to make people aware of the benefits of generic medicines. There is a huge price difference between branded and generic drugs. This despite generic medicines being as good as branded products.

Kumar Pathak, state in-charge of Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India, under the aegis of department of pharmaceuticals, Government of India, said that it should have been better for government hospitals to avail benefit and open the store at their hospitals which would have benefitted a large number of poor people as it would have been a good landmark. Sadar Hospital has now decided to open a store soon.

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