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On March 7, India celebrates "Janaushadhi Diwas" to encourage the use of generic medicines.

Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Minister of State for Chemicals & Fertilizers, Road Transport & Highways, and Shipping, addressed the media here today. He stated, "With the initiative of Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi in the direction of making quality healthcare affordable for all, the Government has taken important steps to make affordable and quality generic medicines popular among the people through Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP)."

According to the Minister, the decision has been made to mark March 7, 2019, as "Janaushadhi Diwas" across India in order to provide additional impetus and raise awareness about the use of generic medicines. On March 7, 2019, at 1:00 p.m., the Hon'ble Prime Minister will hold a video conference with owners of Janaushadhi Kendras and scheme beneficiaries across the country. Discussing the future course of improvement, Shri Mandaviya added that with this speed of progress, all blocks in the nation would have something like 1 PMBJP Kendra by 2020.

Shri Mandaviya said that developments like the opening of over 5050 Janaushadhi stores in 652 districts and an increasing number of doctors prescribing generic medicines have increased awareness of and access to high-quality, low-cost generic medicines in the country. Shri Mandaviya cited the Prime Minister's vision that no poor person should die due to a lack of affordable, high-quality medicines in the country. The Minister added that the market share of generic medicines has increased by more than threefold in the past three years, from 2% to 7%, and that Janaushadhi medicines are used by approximately 10-15 lakh people each day.

Shri Mandaviya said that health is one of the most important aspects of development. This government has worked tirelessly, through programs like Ayushman Bharat and PMBJP, among others, to make high-quality healthcare accessible to all. In India, patients with life-threatening illnesses' out-of-pocket expenses have decreased significantly thanks to the Janaushadhi medications. Because these medicines are half to ninety percent cheaper than the average price on the market, the PMBJP scheme has resulted in a total savings of approximately Rs. 1000 crores for the general public.

In his opening remarks, Shri J.P. Prakash, Secretary, Pharmaceuticals, stated that all PMBJP Kendras would host programs to promote the scheme as part of the Janaushadhi Diwas celebrations. Doctors, health professionals, NGOs, and beneficiaries would participate in these programs, which would assist in educating the general public about the program.

Shri Sachin Kumar Singh, CEO of the Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India (BPPI), stated that the PMBJP is also providing a good source of self-employment with self-sustaining and regular income. According to a survey carried out by the BPPI, which is in charge of putting the program into action, monthly average sales per store have increased to Rs 1.50 lakhs, which includes sales of OTC and other products. In order to guarantee adequate access to Janaushadhi medicines at all PMBJP kendras, four large warehouses in Delhi, Guwahati, Bengaluru, and Chennai have been opened.

Shri Singh also displayed a wide selection of high-quality, low-cost health products that had already been introduced under the PMBJP Scheme and were available at PMBJP Kendras. This included Oxo-Biodegradable Sanitary Napkins from Jan Aushadhi Suvidha for Rs. 2.50 cents each; Rs. 1,000 Jan Aushahi Swabhiman 140 for five adult diaper packs; Jan Aushahdi Bachpan, Rs 20 for five baby diaper packs; 20 rupees for Jan Aushadhi Ankur pregnancy test kits; At Rs., Jan Aushadhi Urja Energy Drink 35, including for a pack of 300 grams.

PM to speak at "Janaushadhi Diwas" celebrations on March 7: Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will speak at "Janaushadhi Diwas" celebrations via video conference on March 7 at 10 a.m. During the event, the Prime Minister will dedicate the 7500th Janaushadhi Kendra at NEIGRIHMS, Shillong, to the nation. In addition to interacting with beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana, he will award stakeholders for their outstanding work. The Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers will also be there.

Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana: This program aims to provide affordable, high-quality medicines. The scheme now covers all of the country's districts, with 7499 stores participating. Up until March 4, 2021, sales resulted in savings totaling approximately Rs. 3600 crores for common citizens, as these medicines are 50 to 90 percent less expensive than comparable market prices.

About Janaushadhi Diwas: To raise awareness of Janaushadhi, a weeklong celebration titled "Jan Aushadhi - Seva bhi, Rozgar bhi" will be held nationwide from March 1 through March 7. The seventh of March, which is the last day of the week, will be known as "Janaushadhi Diwas."

Why on the news?

Under the direction of the Department of Pharmaceuticals, the Pharmaceuticals & Medical Devices Bureau of India (PMBI) will observe their fourth Jan Aushadhi Diwas.

All of the events will be held in the spirit of "Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav," and several events have been planned at 75 locations: This will raise awareness about the benefits of Jan Aushadhi Pariyojana and the use of generic medicines.

This year's Janaushadhi Diwas's theme is Jan Aushadhi-Jan Upyogi.

What precisely is the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) program?

Under the name Jan Aushadhi Campaign, the Department of Pharmaceuticals launched the PMBJP campaign in 2008.

From 2015 to 2016, the campaign was rebranded as PMBJP.

The PMBJP uses the Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India (BPPI) as its implementation agency.

The Department of Pharma Public Area Endeavors (PSUs) of India works under the Service of Synthetics and Composts.

Additionally, the Janaushadhi Sugam Application was developed by BPPI.

The price of a medicine should be no more than fifty percent of the average price of the top three branded medicines. As a result, Jan Aushadhi Medicines cost less than the market price of branded medicines by at least 50%, and sometimes as much as 80% to 90%.

What is the PMBJP's objective?

to reduce consumers' and patients' out-of-pocket costs by making high-quality medicines, consumables, and surgical supplies readily available at prices that are affordable to all.

to spread the word about generic medicines to the general public and dispel the widespread belief that cheaper generic medicines are of lower quality or less effective.

Generic medicines are unbranded medicines that are equally safe and effective in terms of their therapeutic value with branded medicines.

to make menstrual health services (Janaushadhi "Suvidha" sanitary napkins) easily accessible to all women in India.

Engage individual entrepreneurs in the establishment of PMBJP Kendras to generate employment.

How does Janaushadhi Kendra work?

These are the hubs from which generic medicines of high quality are made available to everyone.

As part of the PMBJP, the Bureau of Pharma PSUs in India (BPPI) provides support to Janaushadhi Kendras.

By the end of March 2025, the government intends to increase the number of Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Kendras (PMBJKs) to 10,500.

The number of stores has increased to 8,675 as of January 31, 2022.

Item container of PMBJP involves 1451 medications and 240 careful instruments.

In addition, brand-new pharmaceuticals and nutritional supplements like protein powder, malt-based food supplements, immunity bars, sanitizer, masks, glucometers, and oximeters, among others. have been introduced.

What has been the PMBJP's performance?

PMBI has sold Rs. 751.42 Crore, resulting in savings of roughly Rs. 4500 million to the people.

Additionally, this plan provides a reliable source of self-employment with dependable income.

According to a survey, monthly average sales from over-the-counter and other products have increased to Rs 1.50 lakhs.

A prescription-free medication is referred to as an "over-the-counter" medication.

Source: PIB

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