Lack of preparedness, PM pushes Jan Aushadhi launch to August-end
Delayed dose: PM Modi wants scheme fine-tuned as it remains plagued with supply chain issues and lack of resources.business Updated: Jul 23, 2015 07:56 IST
Unhappy with the lack of preparedness, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants the Jan Aushadhi Scheme to be fine tuned. The scheme is now set to be launch by end-August against its slated release of June 15.
“Prime Minister's Office is expecting to revamp and re-launch Jan Aushadhi so that it could become Modi government’s another flagship project such as the Jan Dhan financial inclusion scheme,” said a senior official at department of pharmaceuticals (DoP), who is engaged in the implementation of the scheme.
The UPA government’s Jan Aushadhi scheme failed in 2008 due to poor supply chain management. The then disposition had opened 85 stores under the scheme.
“This time again, the scheme missed the deadline due to fragmented supply chain, lack of preparedness and enough resources.” The DoP is hunting for private companies, mostly small and medium enterprises (SMEs), to come in partnership with the Centre and help them supply the generic drugs, which can be distributed at an affordable price.
“While the major boost will come from the revival of sick pharmaceuticals units such as Indian Drugs and Pharmaceutical Ltd and Hindustan Antibiotics Ltd, currently we are also looking for private players,” the official said.
The outlets will sell antibiotics, anti-cardiac, anti-infective and gastrointestinal drugs.
The plan was to launch the Jan Aushadhi scheme through a network of 1,000 outlets in government hospitals. “The outlets were supposed to distribute at least 549 non-branded drugs at least a fifth of the price of similar branded drugs.”