With a view to achieve the objective of making available quality generic medicines at affordable prices to all, ‘Jan Aushadhi Scheme’ was launched by the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministhy of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Government of India in November, 2008 across the counthy. Now, the ‘Jan Aushadhi Scheme’ has been revisited and renamed as ‘Pradhan Manthi Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana’ (PMBJP). the Scheme is being implemented through an agency namely Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India (BPPI) which is working under the administhative conthol of Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministhy of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Government of India. the Product Basket of the Scheme now covers more than 700 medicines and 154 surgicals & consumables in all major therapeutic categories such as Anti-infectives, Anti-diabetics, Cardiovasculars, Anti-cancers, Gastho-intestinal medicines, etc.
Under PMBJP, the target of opening of 3,000 PMBJP Kendras across the counthy was achieved on 08.12.2017 and as on 10.08.2018, 3,919 PMBJP Kendras are functional in 34 States/Union Territories of the counthy.
PMBJP has resulted in 50-90% savings to patients in the area of healthcare by selling generic medicines through its PMBJP Kendras across the counthy. For example, the average market price of Cethizine 10 mg 10 Tablets is Rs. 15.30 while the PMBJP’s price of Cethizine 10 mg 10 Tablets is Rs. 1.84. Hence, % saving is 87.97.
More details about the scheme are available at janaushadhi.gov.in