Generic Medicines Outlets to provide generic medicines to common people at affordable prices

New Delhi: With an objective of making quality generic medicines available at affordable prices to all, Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) was launched by the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers in the year 2008. Under the Scheme, dedicated outlets known as Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Kendras (PMBJKs) are opened to provide generic medicines at cheaper rates to the citizens. Government has set a target to open 10,500 Kendras across the country by March 2025.

 

As on 31.12.2021, about 8,640 Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Kendras (PMBJKs) have been opened across the country, out of which about 276 PMBJKs are functioning in the State of Bihar. State/Union Territory-wise list of PMBJKs is enclosed as Annexure.

Generic drugs are also commonly used drugs. The product basket presently comprises of 1,451 medicines and 240 surgical items covering all major therapeutic groups such as Cardiovascular, Anti-cancers, Anti-diabetics, Anti-infectives, Anti-allergic, Gastro-intestinal medicines, Nutraceuticals, etc. These medicines are available through more than 8,600 PMBJKs functioning across the country.

There is no shortage of generic medicines in PMBJKs. Pharmaceuticals & Medical Devices Bureau of India (PMBI), the implementing agency of PMBJP is doing proper forecasting and inventory management regularly to ensure availability of medicines and surgical items on a continuous basis at PMBJKs, including at 139 PMBJKs functioning in the State of Rajasthan as on 31.12.2021.

 

Annexure

 

  Statement referred to in part (a) & (b) of Lok Sabha Unstarred Q. No. 626 for 04.02.2022 raised by Shri Mahabali Singh and Shri Sukhbir Singh Jaunapuria regarding Generic Medicines Outlets
  Sl. No. Name of the State/UT Number of PMBJK functional  
  1 Andaman & Nicobar 9  
  2 Andhra Pradesh 183  
  3 Arunachal Pradesh 28  
  4 Assam 88  
  5 Bihar 276  
  6 Chandigarh 7  
  7 Chhattisgarh 241  
  8 Delhi 381  
  9 Goa 10  
  10 Gujarat 551  
  11 Haryana 234  
  12 Himachal Pradesh 64  
  13 Jammu And Kashmir 121  
  14 Jharkhand 76  
  15 Karnataka 960  
  16 Kerala 976  
  17 Ladakh 2  
  18 Lakshadeep * 0  
  19 Madhya Pradesh 240  
  20 Maharashtra 625  
  21 Manipur 34  
  22 Meghalaya 15  
  23 Mizoram 22  
  24 Nagaland 16  
  25 Odisha 347  
  26 Puducherry 18  
  27 Punjab 304  
  28 Rajasthan 139  
  29 Sikkim 3  
  30 Tamil Nadu 863  
  31 Telangana 160  
  32 DNH & D&D 36  
  33 Tripura 24  
  34 Uttar Pradesh 1185  
  35 Uttarakhand 216  
  36 West Bengal 186  
  Grand Total 8640  

 

* Medicines are directly supplied to the administration of Union Territory of Lakshadweep

 

The information was given by the Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Shri Mansukh Mandaviya in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.

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