7th March 2019 to be celebrated as ‘Jan Aushadhi Diwas’ across India

  • For providing impetus & creating awareness about use of generic medicines  7th March 2019 is being celebrated as ‘Jan aushadhi Diwas’ across India.
  • According to the Union Minister, Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, with developments like more and more doctors prescribing generic medicines and opening of over 5050 Jan aushadhi stores across 652 districts, awareness and availability of high quality affordable generic medicines has increased in the country. About 10-15 lakh people benefit from Jan aushadhi medicines per day and the market share of generic medicines has grown over three fold from 2% to 7%in last 3 years.
  • Shri Mandaviya said that the Jan aushadhi medicines have played a big role in bringing down the out of pocket expenditure of patients suffering from life threatening diseases in India. 
  • According to the Union Government, Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana  is also providing a good source of self-employment with self-sustainable and regular earnings. Average sales per store per month has grown to Rs 1.50 lakhs (including OTC & other products) as per a survey conducted by the BPPI, which implements the scheme. Four big warehouses Delhi, Guwahati, Bengaluru, Chennai have been opened so as to ensure adequate availability of Janaushadhi medicines at all PMBJP kendras.
  • A wide range of affordable quality health products already launched under the project and available at these Kendras. This included Jan Aushadhi Suvidha Oxo-Biodegradable Sanitary Napkins at Rs. 2.50 per piece; Jan Aushahi Swabhiman at Rs. 140 for a pack of 5 Adult Diapers; Jan Aushahdi Bachpan at Rs 20 only for a pack of 5 baby diapers; Jan Aushadhi Ankur pregnancy test kits at Rs 20; Jan Aushadhi Urja Energy Drink at Rs. 35 for a 300 gm pack, among others.

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