There are 4,677 Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) currently functional across the country, according to the government.
As on 31.12.2018, 4,677 PMBJP Kendras are functional in 35 states and union territories of the country, stated Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers, in parliament, recently.
PMBJP was launched by the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Government of India with an objective of making available unbranded generic medicines at affordable prices to all.
Unbranded generic medicines worth Rs 417 crore of MRP have been sold through PMBJP Kendras since the inception of the scheme till the end of December 2018. This sale is roughly equivalent to the sale of Rs 2,085 crore of the branded medicines. Thus, PMBJP has resulted in the saving of approximately Rs 1,668 crore to the citizens of the country, Mandaviya informed Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian parliament.
PMBJP product basket covers more than 800 medicines and 154 surgicals and consumable across 23 major therapeutic groups such as anti-infectives,anti-diabetics, cardiovasculars, anti-cancers, gastro-intestinal medicines, etc. The minister said the maximum retail price of medicine sold through PMBJP outlets is fixed in such a way that it is at least 50% below the average MRP of corresponding top three brands of that medicine. In order to ensure the quality of medicines sold through PMBJP Kendras, the drugs are procured only from WHO-GMP certified manufacturers.