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Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Janaushadhi Kendras

Context:

Railways Ministry will establish Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Janaushadhi Kendras at railway stations across the country.

Relevance:

GS II: Government Policies and Interventions

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Kendras
  2. Pharmaceutical & Medical Devices Bureau of India (PMBI)
  3. Eligibility to Open Jan Aushadhi Kendra

Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Kendras

  • Established through Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Pariyojana, launched by the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers in November 2008.
  • Aim: Provide affordable, quality medicines to all, especially the economically disadvantaged, to reduce healthcare expenses.
Offerings:
  • Dispense generic drugs, which are cost-effective alternatives of comparable quality and effectiveness to expensive branded medications.
  • Jan Aushadhi Stores offer a wide range of therapeutic medicines.
  • Also supply related medical products typically found in regular pharmacies to enhance store viability.

Pharmaceutical & Medical Devices Bureau of India (PMBI):

  • Created under the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Government of India, in collaboration with CPSUs (Central Public Sector Undertakings).
  • Responsible for coordinating procurement, supply, and marketing of generic drugs through the PMBKs (Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Kendras).

Eligibility to Open Jan Aushadhi Kendra:

  • State Governments, reputable NGOs, trusts, private hospitals, charitable institutions, doctors, unemployed pharmacists, and individual entrepreneurs can apply.
  • A Pharmacist holding a B Pharma or D Pharma degree must be employed in the proposed store.

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