Jan Aushadhi Scheme

Jan Aushadhi Scheme

The Jan Aushadhi Scheme (Public Medicine Scheme) started in 2008 by UPA Govt. In 2015, It was renamed as ‘Pm Jan Aushadhi Yojana’and in 2016 once again renamed as Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi PariYojana Kendra (PMBJPK). It is a campaign launched by the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Govt. Of India, to provide quality medicines at affordable prices to the masses through special kendras known as Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Kendra. Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Pariyojana Kendra (PMBJPK) 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. 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 Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Kendra.

Benefits

The Jan Aushadhi initiative will make available quality drugs at affordable prices through dedicated stores selling generic medicines which are available at lesser prices but are equivalent in quality and efficacy as expensive branded drugs. Some comparative prices are: Prices in Rs. as of (Sep 2013)

Name of SaltDosagePackJan Aushadhi PriceMarket Price
Tab. Ciprofloxacin250 mg1012.8954.79
Tab. Ciprofloxacin500 mg1024.99125.00
Tab. Diclofenac100 mg104.2060.40
Tab. Cetrizine10 mg102.7520.00
Tab. Paracetamol500 mg103.0309.40
Tab Nimesulide100 mg103.1639.67
Cough Syrup110mlLiquid13.3033.00

About Jan Aushadhi Store (JAS)

  1. JAS have been opened across the country.
  2. The normal working hours of JAS are 8 Am to 8 PM.
  3. All therapeutic medicines are made available from Jan Aushadhi Stores.
  4. 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.
  5. OTC (Over-the-counter) products can be purchased by any individual without a prescription. A prescription from a registered medical practitioner is necessary for purchase of schedule drugs.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 tockists /Jan Aushadhi Stores from the Warehouse of BPPI.

Jan Aushadhi Store (JAS) can be opened by 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.

Financial support available for Jan Aushadhi Store (JAS) store owner

JAS can be opened and operated by any NGO/Institution/Co-operative Society identified by State Governments on the free space provided in the premises of Government Hospital by the State Governments. Further, any NGO/Society/Trust/Institution/Self Help Group having experience of operation in welfare activities for 3 years and having space and financial capacity or any individual including un-employed pharmacist / medical practitioner having space and financial capacity can open a JAS store.

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 up to Rs. 2.50 lakh as per details 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 credit of 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 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 monthly ceiling of Rs.15,000. up to 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 credit of 60 days against post dated cheques. C&F agencies will have to deposit a security amount depending upon the business.

The list of medicines along with their maximum retail price (MRPs) and the location of stores are available on the website of the BPPI i.e. janaushadhi.gov.in.

More details on JAS may be seen here.

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