Can’t afford costly medicines? Well, Health Ministry sells quality drugs at affordable prices as well
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 30-Jul-2017
New Delhi, July 30: More than 100 billion medicines are sold every year in India. After the GST rollout, the rates of medicines have also increased depending on the HSN code of the item. In a bid to supply cheap medicines to the people who can’t afford, the Health Ministry has National Pharmaceuticals Pricing Authority (NPPA) which fixes the ceiling price of the drugs.
 
Public health and hospitals being a state subject, the states/UTs also take requisite action to ensure the availability of cheap/free medicines for the people. The central government, under the National Health Mission (NHM), provides financial and technical support to the states/UTs for strengthening their healthcare delivery system including support for provision of essential drugs free of cost to those who access public health facilities under the NHM Free Drugs Service Initiative. All the states/UTs have reported that they have notified free drug policy in their respective states/UTs.
 
In order to promote the use of cheap generic drugs in the country including in rural areas and with the objective of making available quality generic drugs at affordable prices to all, 2052 Kendras have been started in the country under a countrywide campaign in the name of ‘Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana’ (PMBJP). Under this yojana, quality drugs and medicines will be provided to the poor and disadvantaged section of the society through ‘Jan Aushadhi Medical Store’ so as to reduce out of pocket expenses in healthcare.
 
Furthermore, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has started AMRIT (Affordable Medicines and Reasonable Implants for Treatment) stores where essential life saving medicines and implants including stents are being provided at a substantial discount vis-à-vis the Maximum Retail Price.