Janaushadhi scheme has helped citizens to save around Rs 20,000 cr
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According to Ravi Dadhich, CEO of the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Bureau of India, the Jan Aushadhi scheme has helped citizens save around Rs 20,000 crore on their medicine bills in the last 9 years.
An overview of the news
Over the past nine years, the number of Janaushadhi Kendras has increased significantly, growing by 100 times.
The sales of Janaushadhi Kendras have also experienced a remarkable increase, surpassing 150 times.
The government has set a target to further expand the number of Janaushadhi Kendras to 10,000 by the end of the current year.
Currently, there are over9,400 functional Janaushadhi Kendras across the country, where medications are sold at discounted rates ranging from 50 to 90 percent compared to branded medicines.
The product range of the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana includes 1,800 drugs and 285 surgical equipment options.
About Jan Aushadhi Yojana
The Jan Aushadhi scheme was started by the UPA government in 2008.
The scheme was relaunched in the year 2015 by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi.
This campaign was started across the country by selling generic medicines through "Jan Aushadhi Medical Stores".
In 2015, the name of 'Jan Aushadhi Yojana' was changed to 'Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Yojana' (PMJAY), but in November 2016 it was changed to "Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Yojana".
The Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Yojana (PMBJP) scheme was launched by the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Government of India, with the objective of making quality generic medicines available to all at affordable prices.
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