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Fifth outlet for affordable medicines opens at PGIMER

The Amrit outlet will provide 300 branded medicines, 150 kinds of surgical items, implants and drugs for children suffering fro cancer.

punjab Updated: Jan 30, 2018 13:55 IST
HT Correspondent
While the number of outlets are increasing, Amrit officials complained of getting less support from distributors. 
While the number of outlets are increasing, Amrit officials complained of getting less support from distributors. (Livement photo)

The fifth Amrit (Affordable Medicines and Reliable Implants for Treatment ) outlet was inaugurated at the advanced paediatrics centre in Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) on Monday.

The outlet will provide 300 branded medicines, 150 surgical items, implants and drugs for children suffering from cancer at highly discounted rates. The average monthly discount provided to patients is around 60%. There are four other Amrit outlets in PGIMER, two of which are in Nehru Building, one at the advanced cardiac centre and advanced eye centre each.

While the number of outlets are increasing, Amrit officials complained of getting less support from distributors.

The daily sale of medicines at the Nehru building outlets is around Rs 11 lakh and Rs 18 lakh at the advanced cardiac centre.

“There are as many as 70 distributors of drugs and surgical items in Chandigarh. Most distributors are playing a dual role of wholesalers and retailers. Hence, they do not provide us with the required stocks. Patients end up suffering and our sales are affected,” an Amrit official said.

Giving an example, he said, “For instance, ten drugs are prescribed on a card. If people get six to seven drugs from Amrit, for the rest, they have to visit other chemists. This is termed as bouncing of medicines.”

Sale at the advanced eye centre outlet is low. “Ideally, per day business should be Rs 15 to 16 lakh, but currently we are selling drugs worth Rs 2.5 lakh per day. This is because distributors are not providing us intra-ocular lenses required for patients with cataract and glaucoma. The parent company had agreed to provide the lens to us at Rs 6,000 but distributors are directly providing it to patients at Rs 11,000 to Rs 12,000,” the official said.

He said that now Amrit outlets will buy products directly from companies located in Delhi and Varanasi.The daily sale of medicines at the Nehru building outlets is around Rs 11 lakh and Rs 18 lakh at the advanced cardiac centre.