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Prices opost-imagef generic medicines can be 3 to 14 times lower than the branded medicines[/lightbox]PMJAYPradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Yojana (PMJAY) is a scheme introduced with the objective of making quality medicines available for the people at lower price and vision of the scheme is to bring down health care budget of every citizen of India by usage of generic medicines. Government achieves this through exclusive outlets ‘Jan Aushadhi Medical Store’.

Vision of Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Yojana (PMJAY)

Vision of Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Yojana (PMJAY)

Vision of PMJAY is to bring down health care budget of Indian citizens by usage of generic medicines

Prices of generic medicines can be 3 to 14 times lower than the branded medicines

BPPI procured medicines are available in exclusive outlets ‘Jan Aushadhi Medical Store’ in nearby locations

As of now around 700 medicines are available under this scheme including diabetes, cardiovascular and antibiotics medicines

In 2014, according to an analysis by the Generic Pharmaceutical Association, generic drugs accounted for 88% of the 4.3 billion prescriptions filled in the United States

 A myth was created that only highly priced commodities and branded items possess good quality. But that’s not the real case, particularly in medicines. The quality, safety and efficacy of generic medicines are equivalent to the branded medicines in terms of their therapeutic values but the price is comparatively low. In this scheme, generic medicines are produced by central PSUs and private companies. Unlike the branded companies, they don’t spend for advertising their brand name.
The implementing agency of Jan Aushadhi scheme is BPPI (Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India), under the administrative control of the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals& Fertilizers, India. BPPI procures medicines from Central pharma PSUs and Private companies tested from NABL approved laboratories and make available at affordable prices through Jan Aushadhi Stores. BPPI ensures quality of the medicines and it thoroughly monitors proper running of Jan Aushadhi store which makes the scheme more reliable. The proposal has also been vetted by the doctor fraternity, bringing on board the Medical Council of India as well as the Indian Medical Association to ensure doctors prescribe Jan Aushadhi drugs.
As of now around 700 medicines are available under this scheme including diabetes, cardiovascular, antibiotics and vitamin supplementary drugs. In JAS, OTC products can be purchased by any individual without a prescription. Over-the-counter (OTC) medicines are drugs that relieve pains, itches, tooth decay and help to manage recursive problems like migraines. Prescription from a registered medical practitioner is necessary for purchase of schedule drugs.
Prices of generic medicines can be anywhere between 3 to 14 times lower than the branded medicines. For example, if price of a branded Metformin 500mg (Diabetes medicine) tablet strip (10 tabs) is Rs. 230, one strip (10 tabs) of its generic equivalent costs only Rs. 5 which is very cheap and profitable to the consumer. To know about the list of medicines available in Jan Aushadhi stores and its prices, click .
To a common man, surprising and encouraging information is high usage of generic medicines in USA. In 2014, according to an analysis by the Generic Pharmaceutical Association, generic drugs accounted for 88% of the 4.3 billion prescriptions filled in the United States. Also, Generic drug production is a large part of the pharmaceutical industry in China. When the usage of generic medicines increases, price of branded medicines will also reduce due to its competition with generic counterparts.
Government is encouraging Individuals, NGOs, Cooperative, Government bodies etc., to run Jan Aushadhi Medical Store. Procedures to open Jan Aushadhi Medical Store is available here: (Link for How to open Jan Aushadhi Medical Store article).

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BPPI
Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India is a government agency established by the Indian government to implement Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Yojana (PMJAY) scheme
Cooperative Society
An autonomous association of people united to meet their common economic, social and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly owned and democratically controlled business
Generic Medicines
A medicine that is equivalent to a brand-name product in dosage, strength, route of administration, quality, performance, and intended use
Generic Pharmaceutical Association
USA’s leading trade association for manufacturers and distributors of generic prescription drugs, manufacturers of bulk active pharmaceutical chemicals and suppliers of other goods and services to the generic industry
Indian Medical Association
A national voluntary organization of Doctors of Modern Scientific System of Medicine in India
Jan Aushadhi Medical Store
Exclusive store for sale of generic medicines in India under PMJAY scheme
Medical Council of India
A statutory body for establishing uniform and high standards of medical education and recognition of medical qualifications in India
NGO
Non Governmental Organization is any non-profit, voluntary citizens group which is organized on local, national or international level
Over-the-counter medicines
Drugs that relieve simple abnormalities like pains, itches, tooth decay and help to manage recursive problems like migraines
PMJAY
Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Yojana is a scheme to bring down health care budget of every citizen of India by usage of generic medicines
PSU
Public Sector Units are government owned corporations in which the government holds 51% or more of the paid up share capital

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