Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Pariyojana

About Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) 

 Originally named as “Jan Aushadhi Scheme”, Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya

Jan Aushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) is a campaign launched by the Department of Pharmaceuticals, GOI. The purpose of this scheme is to provide masses with quality medicines at affordable prices through special centers known as Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Kendra. 

These Kendra’s have been opened to provide generic drugs, which are available at lesser prices but are equally enriched in quality and efficacy as other costly branded drugs. The Bureau of Pharma Public Sector Undertakings of India (BPPI) has been set up under the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Government of India, with the support of all the CPSUs for-coordinating the procurement, supply, and marketing of generic drugs through Jan Aushadhi Kendras.

Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Pariyojana campaign was launched in 2008 by the UPA government, and later in the year 2015, it was revamped by the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, for the noble cause of quality medicines at economical prices for all. In order to give further momentum to this campaign, in November 2016, the scheme was again renamed as “Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP)”. 

Vision

The Department of Pharmaceuticals, Government of India, has launched this scheme with the vision to bring down the healthcare budget of every citizen by providing them with generic medicines at economical prices.

Mission

The objective of Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Pariyojana includes:

  • Creating awareness among the people about generic drugs.
  • Creating and increasing demands for generic drugs through medical practitioners.
  • Educating the public with various awareness programs to make them understand that expensive things need not be equivalent to high quality.
  • Provide various kinds of generic drugs to all therapeutic groups.
  • Provide other related health care products to the masses. 

Benefits of Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP)

The Jan Aushadhi Yojna is a campaign that will provide quality drugs at economical prices through exclusive Jan Aushadhi stores. The benefit of this initiative is to selling generic drugs that are available at economical prices but are similar in quality as costly branded drugs. 

Jan Aushadhi Kendra

Jan Aushadhi Yojna was a campaign undertaken for sale of generic drugs through exclusive centers named as “Jan Aushadhi Medical Store” in various cities/districts of the country. There are more than 4100 Jan Aushadhi Stores currently functional in the country. People can locate state/district wise stores from the BPPI website. Some of the main features of these stores are as follows:

  • The Jan Aushadhi Store (JAS) has been opened across India with normal working hours from 8 Am to 8 pm.
  • All medicinal drugs are made available from Jan Aushadhi Stores.
  • In addition to therapeutic medicines and surgical items, Jan Aushadhi stores also provide allied medical products for its long-term viability.
  • Over-the-counter (OTC) products can be purchased without any prescription. For the purchase of scheduled drugs, individuals are required to present a prescription from a registered medical practitioner.
  • The quality of the drugs are tested from NABL approved laboratories and confirmed to the required standards before the medicines are supplied to stockists/Jan Aushadhi Stores.

Who can open a Jan Aushadhi Kendra?

Jan Aushadhi Store can be set up by State Governments or any other organization, reputed NGOs, Private hospitals, Unemployed pharmacists, Charitable trusts, Doctors, or any individual entrepreneurs that are eligible to apply for new Jan Aushadhi stores. In order to establish a Jan Aushadhi Store, the applicants shall have to employ one B Pharma/D Pharma degree holder as a Pharmacist in their proposed store.

What are the requirements to open a Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Kendra?

  • For opening a new Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Kendra (PMBJK), the minimum space required is 120 sq. feet.
  • The Jan Aushadhi Store/Kendra should have adequate furniture to store the drugs, counters, office tables, chairs/stools, computers, etc. for the smooth working of staff.  
  • The operating agency has to hire the working staff as per the requirement at their own expense.  
  • Invoices or billings should be done only by using software provided by BPPI. No medicine can be sold without using this software.  
  • Jan Aushadhi Kendra operators can sell all allied medical products but are not allowed to sell any drugs other than Janaushadhi Kendra. 
  • The number of medicines to be sold can be increased to make the scheme successful also, surgical items as per requirement can be sold. 
  • It shall be the responsibility of the individual/organization to obtain a drug license in the name of PMBJK. Compliance with all the statutory requirements shall be ensured by the operating agency.  
  • The operating agency will run Jan Aushadhi Store as per the terms and conditions in agreement to be signed with BPPI before the commencement of operations. 

What incentives are available to JAS owners?

Store owners/operating agencies will be provided with a 20% margin on MRP of each drug. In addition to this, the BPPI will provide one-time financial support up to Rs. 2.50 lakh detailed as follows: 

  • Rs. 1 lakh for the reimbursement of furniture and fixtures.
  • Rs. 1 lakh in the form of free medicines at the commencement of the store.
  • Rs. 0.50 lakh as reimbursement for computer, printer, scanner, internet, etc.

Store owners and Distributors will be given 2% of total sales or actual loss, whichever is lower, as compensation in case of expiry of medicines. Store owners are required to return expired drugs to BPPI. 

The credit facility will be given for 30 days against post-dated cheques. 

Jan Aushadhi Complaint

This initiative has benefited a lot of people in the country. However, the concept of this campaign has failed to serve its purpose at Civil Hospital, Ludhiana. Only 20% of patients at Civil Hospital can benefit from this scheme. Most of the stores, set up under the Jan Aushadhi Yojna, haven’t had the stock of common drugs for months. These include medicines for seasonal flu, infections, gas, cold, cough, etc. According to the officials, the shortage of medicines is because of the issues with logistics. 

Frequently Asked Questions for Jan Aushadhi:

How to search nearby Aushadhi Kendra?

People can locate the list of state-wise or district wise Jan Aushadhi stores from the BPPI website under PMBJK Distributor. 

What are generic drugs?

Generic drugs are advertised under a non-registered name rather than a brand name. These drugs are equally effective and affordable as compared to their branded counterparts.

How do generic drugs benefit patients?

By taking generic drugs, a patient can reduce his/her expenditure on medicines.