Non profit drugstores boosts health of poor people

The government is now planning to set up of over 8,000 drug retail outlets spread across the length and breadth of the country. In an attempt to, take affordable medicine to the coast line places. So far India has 640 districts and 6,000 blocks, and the government plans to or contract one drugstore in every block in addition to about four-five drug outlets in all district headquarters. Also there are plans to set up at least one warehouse in each district, centralize the drug procurement at the state level. The Drug Supply Logistics Corporation needs to be created at national and state level utilities. This will ensure transparency in provisioning of adequate, low cost, generic drugs. Tamil Nadu has started the services which procures stores and distributes essential drugs in government hospitals and primary health centers throughout the state. The public spending will increase to 0.5 percent of GDP on drugs to attain health for all. The chemist concentrated in urban areas can further be increased by the help of retail drugs to a worth of Rs. 60,000 crore into the rural areas. The multinational pharma companies will now utilize 1.7 lakh post offices across the country to distribute over-the-counter drugs. This increases 20 percent of the total sale of OTC drugs in India. The low cost drugs will be provided to the poor with the help of small scale manufacturers and public sector drug firms. The initiative of planning a non-profit drug store per district was successful by 2011.


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