New Delhi: The government is planning to set up generic drug stores under the brand name ‘Jan Aushadhi Generic Drug Store´ (JADS) in all the districts across the country to provide quality medicines at affordable prices.
Department of Pharmaceuticals, under the aegis of Chemical and Fertilizer Ministry, has been entrusted with the task of setting up these outlets across the country. It has sought the cooperation of NGOs, public health groups and other organizations for establishing such stores.
Most of these stores would come up in the vicinity of government hospitals or in the location provided by the state governments.
According to official sources, “a Bureau of Pharma PSU’ of has been set up with one of the key mandates to implement the campaign and enlarge the network of JADS in the country.”
These stores would sell medicines at a fraction of the prevailing market prices. Under the initiative, anti-allergic drug Cetirizine would be offered at Rs2.50 per strip, which is sold at Rs27 in the market. Paracetamol strip, prescribed for fever, will be sold at Rs2.30, while it is sold in the market at Rs11 per strip, the sources said.
The government had set up the first such store in Amritsar in 2008 and has recently opened another in Delhi.
It is now planning to open more such stores in national capital region (NCR) and Punjab in the second phase. In the third phase, the outlets would be set up in all the districts of Punjab and Haryana by 2009-10.
And in the fourth phase, JADS stores would be set up in all districts across the country.
The initiative is in line with UPA’s Common Minimum Programme agenda to provide affordable medicines to all.
Industry experts said, Once implemented, it would give a boost to the small scale industries by saving marketing costs.