Jan Aushadhi Scheme – UPSC Prelims

Ministry/Department :  Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers
Objective : To make available quality generic medicines at affordable prices to all
  • Medicines will be made available through outlets known as Jan Aushadhi Stores (JASs).
  • State Governments are required to provide space in Government Hospital premises or any other suitable locations for the running of JAS
  • Less priced, but good quality, unbranded generic medicines will be made available through Jan Aushadhi stores which inherently are less priced but are of same and equivalent quality, efficacy and safety as compared to branded generic medicines
  • NGOs, Charitable Organisations and public societies like Red Cross Society, Rogi Kalyan Samiti typically constituted for the purpose can be operating agencies for the JAS
  • The operating agency for JAS is nominated on the basis of the recommendations of the State government.
  • Operational expenditure is met from trade margins admissible for the medicines
  • The Jan Aushadhi Programme is a self-sustaining business model not dependent on government subsidies or assistance. It is run on the principle of ‘Not for Profits but with Minimal Profits’
Factual Information:
  • Launched in 2015

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