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What is Jan Aushadhi ?
‘Jan Aushadhi’ is a campaign launched by the Department of Pharmaceuticals in association with Central Pharma Public Sector Undertakings, to provide quality medicines at affordable prices to the masses. Jan Aushadhi stores have been set up to provide generic drugs, which are available at lesser prices but are equivalent in quality and efficacy as expensive branded drugs.

What is a Generic Medicine?
Generic medicines are unbranded medicines which are equally safe and having the same efficacy as that of branded medicines in terms of their therapeutic value. The prices of generic medicines are much cheaper than their branded equivalent.

What is BPPI?
BPPI (Bureau of Pharma Public Sector Undertakings of India) has been established under the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Govt. of India, with the support of all the CPSUs for co-coordinating procurement, supply and marketing of generic drugs through the Jan Aushadhi Stores.

How the quality, safety and efficacy of medicines are are ensured?
The quality, safety and efficacy of medicines are ensured by getting each batch of medicines procured from CPSUs as well as private suppliers tested from NABL approved laboratories and conforming to the required standards before the same are supplied to Superstockists /Jan Aushadhi Stores from the Warehouse of BPPI.

Are generic drugs as effective as branded ones?
The generic drugs are having the same efficacy and therapeutic value as that of branded medicines.

How do generic medicines benefit the patients?
The cost of generic medicines having the same quality as that of branded medicines is much cheaper than their branded equivalent.

What are the medicines available from Jan Aushadhi stores and what are their prices?
The endeavor of BPPI is to make available all therapeutic medicines from Jan Aushadhi Stores. A list of medicines with their MRP which are presently available are given under the heading “Price List of JAS medicines” on website More medicines are being added to this list.

How many Jan Aushadhi Stores have been opened and what are their locations?
Out of 164 Jan Aushadhi Stores opened so far, 87 are presently functional. List of State-wise / District-wise JAS along with their locations are available under the heading “Stores” of the website of Jan Aushadhi.

What is timing (opening and closing) of the Jan Aushadhi stores?
The normal working hours of JAS are 8 Am to 8 PM.

Who can purchase medicines from Jan Aushadhi stores?
OTC products can be purchased by any individual without a prescription. A prescription from a registered medical practitioner is necessary for purchase of schedule drugs.

How the medicines are procured and supplied to Jan Aushadhi stores?
Till recently only medicines manufactured by CPSUs were being supplied to Jan Aushadhi Stores. Since CPSUs are not able to make supply of all the 361 medicines proposed to be supplied to JAS, procurement of medicines which the CPSUs are not able to supply are being made from the private manufacturers.

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