Chandigarh: To make available drugs at cheaper rates on mass scale, the Centre plans to open generic drug stores in eleven states including Haryana and Punjab in collaboration with the pharmaceutical industry, state governments and Non-Governmental Organisation (NGOs).
“We have identified 11 states where we will be opening Unbranded Generic Drug stores and we hope to kick off this project in this financial year itself,” said Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Department of Pharmaceuticals, Secretary Ashok Kumar on the sidelines of National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) function here here.
The state government would provide logistics for the opening of these stores while pharmaceuticals companies would supply the medicines to these stores, he informed.
An agreement with the drug manufacturers would be arrived with regard to rate at which they would supply medicines to stores.
“Although the decided rate will be lesser than the market rates of generic drugs but we will ensure that these stores must earn profit for its viability,” he said further clarifying that no state would be allowed to sell subsidised medicines through this store and NGOs would run these stores,“ he said.
On asked whether the opening of these stores would hurt the interests of drug companies, he said, “This project will not be against the interest of anybody as generic drugs has just 5% and unbranded generic medicines have 2.5% in total drugs manufactured in the country,” he said.
During the recent meeting of its sub committee, a suggestion for introducing quality mark on generic drugs was raised, he said.
“But the problem with its implementation could be faced as labeling requirement will be necessary for it and it is with Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI),” he said.
The centre has also mooted a proposal to provide infrastructural facilities at newly opened NIPER institutes at various locations in the county on Public Private Partnership (PPP) model.
“It will involve spending of an estimated outlay of Rs250-300 crore on this project and will take 3 years for its completion,” he said while adding that the industry would help in creating common facilities, hostels, incubators and other infrastructural facilities.
Renowned consultant Deloitte has been roped in for preparing a report on this project. “We expect the report will come out in this month,” he said.
Five NIPER institutes have been set up inKolkata, Guwahati, Hajipur in Bihar, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad in participation with local medical institutes, he said. Another is going to be opened in Raibrailey next month.