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Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana

The branded (Generic) medicines are sold at significantly higher prices than their unbranded generic equivalents, though are identical in the therapeutic value. Given the widespread poverty across the country, making available reasonably priced quality generic medicines in the market would benefit everyone.

Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) is a campaign launched by the Department of Pharmaceuticals to provide quality medicines at affordable prices to the masses. PMBJP stores have been set up to provide generic drugs, which are available at lesser prices but are equivalent in quality and efficacy as expensive branded drugs. It was launched by the Department of Pharmaceuticals in November 2008 under the name Jan Aushadi Campaign. Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India (BPPI) is the implementation agency for PMBJP.

Vision, Mission and Objective

Vision

To bring down the healthcare budget of every citizen of India through providing Quality generic Medicines at Affordable Prices.

Mission

  • Create awareness among the public regarding generic medicines.
  • Create demand for generic medicines through medical practitioners.
  • Create awareness through education and awareness program that high price need not be synonymous with high quality.
  • Provide all the commonly used generic medicines covering all the therapeutic groups.
  • Provide all the related health care products too under the scheme.

Objective

Making quality medicines available at affordable prices for all, particularly the poor and disadvantaged, through exclusive outlets "Jan Aushadhi Medical Store", so as to reduce out of pocket expenses in healthcare.

About Jan Aushadhi Store (JAS)

  • JAS has been opened across the country. To view the list of State-wise / District-wise JAS along with their locations, click here.
  • The normal working hours of JAS are 8 Am to 8 PM.
  • All therapeutic medicines are made available from Jan Aushadhi Stores. To get the list of medicines with their MRP which is presently available, click here.
  • In addition to medicines and surgical items supplied by BPPI, Jan Aushadhi stores also sell allied medical products commonly sold in chemist shops so as to improve the viability of running the Jan Aushadhi store.
  • OTC (Over-the-counter) products can be purchased by any individual without a prescription. A prescription from a registered medical practitioner is necessary for the purchase of scheduled drugs.
  • BPPI (Bureau of Pharma Public Sector Undertakings of India) has been established under the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Govt. of India, with the support of all the CPSUs for co-coordinating procurement, supply and marketing of generic drugs through the Jan Aushadhi Stores.
  • The quality, safety and efficacy of medicines are ensured by getting each batch of medicines procured from CPSUs as well as private suppliers tested from NABL approved laboratories and conforming to the required standards before the same are supplied to Supers stockists /Jan Aushadhi Stores from the Warehouse of BPPI.

Locate your nearest Jan Aushadi store

Janaushadhi Sugam Mobile App provides citizens the assistance to locate nearby Janaushadhi kendra, direction guided through Google Map for location of the Janaushadhi kendra, search Janaushadhi generic medicines, analyze product comparison of Generic and Branded medicine in form of MRP & overall Savings, etc.

Janaushadhi Sugam Mobile App is available on both Android & I-phone platforms.

To download the app for Android OS, click here.

To download the app for iOS, click here.

Who can open a Jan Aushadhi store?

State Governments or any organization / reputed NGOs / Trusts / Private hospitals / Charitable institutions / Doctors / Unemployed pharmacist/ individual entrepreneurs are eligible to apply for new Jan Aushadhi stores. The applicants shall have to employ one B Pharma / D Pharma degree holder as Pharmacist in their proposed store.

Requirements for opening a Jan Aushadhi stores by organizations/individuals other than government nominated

  • Applications shall be submitted to BPPI either online or offline. For online submission, click here. For offline form, click here.
  • Own space or hired space duly supported by proper lease agreement;
  • Minimum required space conforming to standards as approved by the BPPI i.e. 120 sq. ft.
  • Drug license in the name of "Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Kendra" and other permissions to run a drug store. Compliance with all statutory requirements for storage of drugs shall be ensured by the applicant.
  • For individuals, Aadhaar and PAN Card are mandatory.
  • For Institutions/NGO/ Charitable Institute/Hospital etc. documents include Aadhaar Card, PAN card, Certificate of Incorporation and Registration certificate.
  • For Government/ Govt Nominated Agency documents include Details of Department who has allocated the space, along with supporting documents/ sanction order, PAN card and  Aadhaar Card.
  • Proof of securing a pharmacist with computer knowledge (name of the pharmacist, Registration with the State Council etc. needs to be furnished ).
  • Financial capacity to run the Store supported by audited accounts for the last three years (Bank Statements for the last 03 years or sanction letter from Bank for extending loan in case of individuals)

Procedure for opening a Jan Aushadhi store

BPPI writes to all the State Governments with a request to open Jan Aushadhi Stores in their states. The State Government, Department of Health would make recommendations in favour of the operating agency who would run the Stores and also instruct the District Hospital Authority to provide the minimum space conforming to standards as approved by BPPI in the Hospital premises. The location of the store should be at such a place which is easily accessible to the OPD patients, preferably at the entry of the hospital & given to the agency free of cost. The State Government needs to issue suitable instructions to the Hospitals/ Doctors for prescribing generic medicines.

Other entities may approach BPPI either on the basis of the advertisement issued by BPPI or suo moto with a complete application along with the supporting documents mentioned in fulfilling requirements specified above. An agreement is to be entered into between BPPI and the operating agency before the JAS starts functioning and BPPI makes arrangements for the dispatch of medicine.

For detailed guidelines, click here.

Financial support available for JA store owner

The following financial support is available:

  • NGOs/agencies/individuals establishing Jan Aushadhi stores in Government hospital premises where space is provided free of cost by Government to operating agency:
    • BPPI will provide one-time financial assistance upto Rs. 2.50 lakh as per details are given below
      • Rs. 1 lakh reimbursement of furniture and fixtures.
      • Rs. 1 lakh by way of free medicines in the beginning.
      • Rs. 0.50 lakh as reimbursement for computer, internet, printer, scanner, etc.
    • 20% trade margin shall be included in MRP for retailers and 10% for distributors.
    • Jan Aushadhi stores and Distributors will be allowed 2% of total sales or actual loss, whichever is lower, as compensation against expiry of medicines. Expired goods need not be returned to BPPI. Stocks expiring at the C&F level will entirely be the loss of BPPI.
    • Credit facility will be given to all Jan Aushadhi stores for 30 days against postdated cheques. Distributors will also get the credit for 60 days against post-dated cheques. C&F agencies will have to deposit a security amount depending upon the business.
  • Jan Aushadhi stores established anywhere else by private entrepreneurs/institutions / NGOs / Trusts / Charitable organizations which are linked with BPPI headquarters through internet
    • Financial support of 2.5 lakhs. This will be given @ 15% of monthly sales subject to a ceiling of Rs 10,000/ per month up to a total limit of 1.5 lakhs. In NE states and Naxal affected areas, tribal areas, the rate of incentive will be 15% and subject to a monthly ceiling of Rs.15,000. upto total limit of 2.5 lakhs.
    • The Applicants belonging to weaker sections like SC/ST/Differently-abled may be provided medicines worth Rs. 50,000/ - in advance within the incentive of Rs. 2.5 lakhs which will be provided in the form of 15% of monthly sales subject to a ceiling of Rs. 10,000/ - per month up to a total limit of Rs. 2.5 lakh.
    • 20% trade margin shall be included in MRP for retailers and 10% for distributors.
    • Jan Aushadhi stores and Distributors will be allowed 2% of total sales or actual loss, whichever is lower, as compensation against expiry of medicines. Expired goods need not be returned to BPPI. Stocks expiring at the C&F level will entirely be the loss of BPPI.
    • Credit facility will be given to all Jan Aushadhi stores for 30 days against postdated cheques. Distributors will also get a credit of 60 days against post-dated cheques. C&F agencies will have to deposit a security amount depending upon the business.

Helpline

National Toll-free Helpline: 1800-180-8080

Source: Jan Aushadhi website



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