- With an objective of making quality generic medicines available at affordable prices to all, Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) was launched by the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers in 2008.
- Under the scheme, dedicated outlets known as Janaushadhi Kendras are opened to provide generic medicines at affordable prices.
- The Scheme is implemented by a society registered under the Societies Registration Act, viz., Pharma & Medical Bureau of India (PMBI).
- The Scheme is operated by government agencies as well as by private entrepreneurs.
- Ensure access to quality medicines for all sections of the population especially the poor and the deprived ones. Prices of the Jan Aushadhi medicines are 50%-90% less than that of branded medicines prices in the open market.
- Create awareness about generic medicines through education and publicity to counter the perception that quality is synonymous with high price only.
- Generate employment by engaging individual entrepreneurs in opening of PMBJP Kendra.
Why in News?
- The Railways Ministry has announced that it will establish Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Kendras at railway stations across the country.
- It aims to make available quality medicines to all at an affordable price. The Ministry has identified the list of fifty stations for the pilot project.