JK Patients Saved Rs 100 Cr In Medicine Purchase Through Subsidised Pharmacies

SRINAGAR: Patients in Jammu and Kashmir are availing the highly subsidised medicines being marketed through twin systems through a vast network of stores, a high-level meeting presided by Secretary Health and Medical Education (H&ME), Bhupinder Kumar was informed.

Through Jan Aushadhi Kendra’s, patients purchased medicines worth Rs 17.98 crores since April 2022.

In the same period, the AMRIT pharmacies dispensed at MRP is Rs.19560.37 lakh.

The meeting was briefed by the State Drugs Controller, Jammu and Kashmir offering an overall scenario of these stores and current challenges surrounding the initiative.

Jan Aushadhi Kendra’s are operating under the aegis of the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers and are targeted to provide safe, efficacious and quality medicines at an affordable price. As many as 215 Jan Aushadhi Kendra’s including 150 government Kendras and 65 private entrepreneurs are operating across Jammu and Kashmir.

These establishments are maintaining an inventory of nearly 700 molecules and end users are getting a benefit to the extent of 50-90 per cent in comparison to similar molecules marketed through private companies operating in the private sector.

Since, April 2022 to September 30, 2022, the meeting was told that medicines worth Rs 17.98 crore have been dispensed in these stores which inter-alia indicates that end users have benefitted to the tune of Rs 107.88 crore.

As far as AMRIT pharmacies are concerned their basket is comprised of more than 6000 drugs, implants, surgical disposables and other consumables which are being offered to end users at an average discount of 60 per cent of the Maximum Retail Price. These stores are operating under the aegis of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.

As on September 15, 2022, about 8, 45,817 lakh patients have benefitted from AMRIT pharmacies. The value of drugs dispensed at MRP is Rs.19560.37 lakh and the patients have benefitted with a savings of Rs 10269.44 lakh. These stores are offering uninterrupted services 24×7.

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