JAN AUSHADHI KENDRA (Syllabus: GS Paper 2 – Govt Schemes)

News-CRUX-10     1st December 2023        
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Context: The Prime Minister of India recently inaugurated the 10,000th Jan Aushadhi Kendra at AIIMS, Deoghar, marking a significant milestone in the nation's healthcare accessibility initiative.

Jan Aushadhi Kendra

  • Establishment of PMBKs: Under the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana, PMBKs were established, with the initiative launched by the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers in November 2008.
  • Objective: To provide quality medicines at affordable prices for all, with a particular focus on reducing out-of-pocket expenses in healthcare, especially for the economically disadvantaged.
  • Generic Drugs at Lower Prices: PMBKs offer generic drugs that are available at lower prices while maintaining an equivalent standard in terms of quality and efficacy compared to more expensive branded drugs.
  • Availability of Medicines: All therapeutic medicines are made accessible through Jan Aushadhi Stores, ensuring a wide range of medicines for various medical needs.
  • Target: Jan Aushadhi Kendras to 10,000 by March 2024.

Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP)

  • Launched by: the Department of Pharmaceuticals in collaboration with Central Pharma Public Sector Undertakings.
  • Affordable Medicines: Provides generic medicines at significantly reduced prices.
  • Objective: To make generic medicines available to the public at significantly lower prices compared to expensive branded medicines in the open market.
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