The Madhya Pradesh government will soon offer up to 649 generic drugs along with 161 surgical and consumable items at affordable prices through its Jan Aushadhi Stores (JAS) in 254 locations across the state.
The initiative would drastically bring down the cost of these medicines, which will cost 40-400 per cent less if bought from Jan Aushadhi Stores.
“The state government is committed to processing the licences of applicants under the JAS scheme on priority,” said Principal Secretary Health Gauri Singh.
Currently, 241 medicines are provided by the government free of cost.
Those interested in setting up a JAS can avail one-time assistance of Rs 2.50 lakh from the Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India (BPPI).
As per Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare J P Nadda, nearly 2,000 medicines will soon be made available through Affordable Medicines and Reliable Implants for Treatment (AMRIT) programme of the central government.
However, compared to the Jan Aushadhi store network, there are just 50 AMRIT outlets across the country.