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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF CHEMICALS AND FERTILIZERS
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 3412
ANSWERED ON:  17.12.2021
Awareness Campaign for Generic Medicines
Achyutananda Samanta
Will the Minister of



CHEMICALS AND FERTILIZERS be pleased to state:-


(a) the number of Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) Centres functioning in the country, State-wise;
(b) the details of steps being taken by the Government to ensure that medicines are consistently available at these Centres at reasonable prices, so that patients are not compelled to buy medicines at higher prices; and
(c) the details of the steps being taken by the Government to enhance awareness regarding the efficacy of generic medicines and build confidence in the same?


ANSWER
MINISTER IN THE MINISTRY OF CHEMICALS AND FERTILIZERS
(Dr. MANSUKH MANDAVIYA)

(a): As on 12.12.2021, about 8,578 Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Kendras (PMBJKs) are functional under the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) covering all districts of the country. State/Union Territory-wise list of PMBJKs is enclosed as Annexure.

(b): In order to make Janaushadhi medicines more accessible, Information Technology (IT) enabled End-to-End supply chain system with Point-of-Sale (PoS) application for value added services has been implemented under the scheme. The medicines to individual Kendras are supplied through three warehouses at Gurugram, Chennai and Guwahati and 39 distributors appointed across the country.

(c): Pharmaceutical & Medical Devices Bureau of India (PMBI), the implementing agency for the scheme spreads awareness about generic medicines through various types of advertisements such as TV, FM Radio, Auto wrapping, Cinema, Bus Brandings, State Transport Bus Stands, Digital Screen Advertisement at Railway Stations, etc. In addition, PMBI also educates the public regularly about usages of Jan Aushadhi generic medicines through various social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, etc. The Bureau also organizes seminars and workshops to spread awareness about the scheme. Further, to propagate achievements of the scheme and create awareness about its benefits Jan Aushadhi Diwas is celebrated every year on 7th March.

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