JAN AUSHADHI STORE: A NEW APPROACH IN PROVIDING LOW COST DRUGS TO THE PUBLIC

 

Medicine

Pack

Jan Aushadhi

Market

Tab

Ciprofloxacin (250 mg)

10

10.40

55.00

Tab

Ciprofloxacin (500 mg)

Tab Diclofenac (100 mg)

 

10

10

 

20.10

3.10

 

97.00

36.70

Tab Paracetamol (500 mg)

10

2.30

10.00

Tab Nimesulide (100 mg)

10

2.50

25.00

Cough Syrup (110 ml)

-

12.50

33.00

Current Scenario of Jan Aushadhi Stores
The central objective of the campaign is to make quality medicines available to the consumers at affordable prices. Given the socio-economic conditions and the level of ignorance and illiteracy with vast disparities of income in the country, the advantage of the scheme can be taken by the consumers or could reach the consumers particularly the poor and the needy, only when a good multimedia publicity programme is mounted to educate the consumers of all strata of society. The multi media campaign would also address the myth that low priced medicines are not good or efficacious and only the costly medicines are good or superior. Since every publicity programme costs money and this being a national campaign, initiated by the central government in the Department of Pharmaceuticals, funds are required for publicity programmes and other promotional measures including strengthening the Bureau of Pharma of PSU’s of India and some initial financial back up support wherever required, to help the NGOs, etc., which are interested in running the Jan Aushadhi Stores. In view of the above, a modest amount of Rs 5 crores has been sought to begin with from the Planning Commission. Simultaneously, a public campaign for this purpose needs to be undertaken by various stakeholders and the media on a voluntary basis.

Conclusion:
The Government, corporate hospitals, Jan Aushadhi Centres, NGOs etc. can provide medicines and health consumables at an affordable cost and improve medicine accessibility. With recent amendments made by the Govt. of India on issuing of licence to manufacture drugs only if the product is registered with its generic name rather than that of its brand name, the burden of expensive medicines on the common people can be drastically reduced. Along with providing the generics every action is to be taken to create awareness in public on usage of generics.

Bibliography:

  • Parliament of India, RajyaSabha, Department-Related Parliamentary Standing committee on Health and Family Welfare, 45th Report on “Issues relating to availability of generic, generic-branded and branded medicines, their formulation and Therapeutic efficacy and effectiveness”
  • Parliament of India, RajyaSabha, Department-Related Parliamentary Standing committee on Health and Family Welfare, 58th Report on “Action taken by the government on the recommendations/observations contained in the 45th report on Issues relating to availability of generic, generic-branded and branded medicines, their formulation and Therapeutic efficacy and effectiveness”
  • Jan aushadhi, Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India: janaushadhi.gov.in

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