Jan Aushadi Diwas
The Prime minister addressed the 'Janaushadi Diwas' celebrations on 7th March 2021 through video conferencing and dedicated to the nation the 7500th Janaushadi Kendra at Neigrihms, Shillong.
The entire week from 1st March to 7th March was celebrated as "Janaushadi Week" across the Nation.
Theme-"Jan aushadi-Seva bhi, Rozgar bhi"
- This created awareness about the use of generic medicines.
- Generic medicines are copies of branded drugs, but at a much lower price comparatively.
- The composition, method of intake, and side-effects remain the same.
Across the country:
- health checkups
- Jan aushadhi Paricharcha were organized.
Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP)
Its a campaign launched by the Department of Pharmaceuticals in 2008 under the name Jan aushadhi Campaign, which was revamped as PMBJP in 2015-16
- Extend the coverage of quality generic medicines so as to reduce the out-of-pocket expenditure on medicines.
- Create awareness about generic medicines - so that quality is not synonymous with a high price after all
PMBJP- is implemented by the Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India (BPPI), Which is under the Ministry of Chemical & Fertilizers.
Jan Aushadhi Sugam Application has also been launched to help people locate the Janaushadhi Kendras in the areas around them.
- Government grants of up to Rs. 2.5 lakhs are provided for setting up of PMBJKs(Janaushadhi Kendras)
- It can be set up by doctors, pharmacists, entrepreneurs, Self Help Groups (SHG), NGOs, etc.
- Medicine under PMBJP is priced on the principle of a maximum of 50% of the average price of the top three branded medicines.
- Sales in FY 2020-21 led to total savings of approximately Rs. 3600 Crores for the common public.
- Today, PMBJP products comprise of 1449 medicines and 204 surgical items.
During the pandemic, Jan Aushadhi Kendras delivered quality generic medicines at the doorsteps of elderly people.