PGI’s finance panel approves Rs 15 crore to set up pharmacy

  • Tanbir Dhaliwal, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Dec 06, 2015 10:45 IST

With approval of Rs 15 crore by the PGIMER’s standing finance committee, the “biggest hurdle” in getting a grant sanctioned for its pharmacy is finally over. Once ready, it will provide drugs at minimum 50% discount or more to patients.

The pharmacy will prove to be a boon for patients, who are “fleeced”by majority of chemists.

A PGIMER administration official said, “The standing finance committee has given its consent by approving Rs 15 crore for the project.”

Another official, who is involved with the project, said, “The biggest hurdle is over... we were expecting grants for a long time. Had the (SFC) put any objection, the process would have been delayed by another three-four months.” The place for setting up the pharmacy and a store (required for storage of medicines) has been decided. “It will be constructed at the ground floor of the Advanced Trauma Centre (ATC). Architectural drawings have been approved by the UT,”said an official, adding the project would be speeded up, and was likely to be completed before the next financial year.

“The construction work and hiring of the staff on contractual basis will be started soon, and the drug controller inspectors will approve appointments. The pharmacy should be ready in the next six months,”said the official, adding the idea was to provide medicines at affordable rates.

The PGIMER officials will directly deal with drug manufacturers for procuring drugs at heavy discount. “The PGIMER is a big name and we are confident of striking a good deal with them. Further, medicines will be sold to patients at minimum 50% discount or more; no medicine will be provided free,”said the doctor. Initially, only one pharmacy would be opened, but, depending upon its success, more such shops would be opened.”

Idea mooted in 2014

In October 2014, during the governing body meeting, the then health minister had asked the PGIMER to set up its own pharmacy. Following this, a sixmember committee chalked out a plan for the best pharmacy model and the final report was approved on June 15.

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