Medicines Current Affairs - 2020

6,300 Janaushadhi Kendras operating during Lock Down

The Government of India is currently making sure that there are enough medicines available at Pradhan Mantri Janaushadhi Kendras.

Highlights

There are more than 6,300 Pradhan Mantri Janaushadhi Kendras in the country working to ensure affordable medicines. GoI is making sure affordable medicines are available in these kendras. The warehouses are to operate 24/7 to deal with the current situation.

Mobile application called “Jan Aushadhi Sugam” was launched. The application will help to locate nearest Janaushadhi Kendra in the country. The application also provides details about the medicines available in the Kendras. Also, the staffs working under the initiative will provide door deliveries.

Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Kendra

The Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi were set up to provide generic drugs. It was launched in 2014 with the aim of “Quality Medicines at Affordable prices for all”. These Kendras will provide equivalent drugs as branded drugs are expensive. These stores also sell surgical items supplied by BPPI (Bureau of Pharma Public Sector undertakings of India).

March 7: Jan Aushadhi Diwas

On January 7, 2020, Jan Aushadi Diwas is to be celebrated. The day is being celebrated to commemorate the achievements of Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Janaushadi Pariyojana. PM Modi is to interact with seven Pradhan Mantri Janaushadhi Pariyojana Kendras as a part of celebration of the day.

Highlights

The Prime Minister is to interact with seven Pradhan Mantri Janaushadhi Pariyojana Kendras through video conferencing.

Janaushadhi Kendras

The Kendras are the biggest retail pharma chain in the world. They are spread across 700 districts. There are more than 6,200 such Kendras in India. In 2019-20, the total sales at these outlets crossed Rs 390 crores. This saved Rs 2,200 crores for common citizens.

Apart from the above benefits, these Kendras are good source of self-employment.

Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana

The basic aim of the scheme is to create awareness about Generic medicines. Generic Medicines are unbranded medicines that are equally safe. They are much cheaper than the branded ones.