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Karnataka govt woos pharmacists with Rs.2.5 lakh incentive to set up generic stores in 146 taluk hospitals

Nandita Vijay, Bengaluru
Saturday, August 12, 2017, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

In a major effort to ensure access of high quality cost effective generic drugs, the Karnataka government has taken on the onus to incentivise the pharmacists in the State and woo them to opening dedicated generic drug stores across 146 taluk hospitals. These outlets are slated to be opened before the year end.

“In order to ensure speedy implementation of the generic stores, the government has also partnered with Three agencies namely Mysore Sales International, Karnataka state Drugs and Logistics and Warehousing Society and the Red Cross. This will enable us to streamline the functioning of these stores”, said Karnataka minister for health and family welfare KR Ramesh.

The only impediment in setting up the generic medicine stores is the shortage of pharmacists. We are offering pharmacists an incentive of Rs.2.5 lakh to run the stores and hope enough people come for the same, he added.

Going by the incidence of non communicable diseases, generic drugs positioned to cost 60 to 80 per cent less than branded versions. This will provide the much-needed support to the needy patients as medical expenses constitute a large chunk of their earnings. More over the state has has started persuading the medical fraternity representing government medical centres to prescribe their drugs. This has also led the doctors to sign a self declaration that they will not prescribe branded medicines to patients, Minister Ramesh stated.

There have been several efforts in the past to set up these stand alone generic drugs stores. In fact in September 2016, the Union government announced its intent to establish 3,000 Jan Aushadhi stores across the country over the next one year from the current 430 outlets. The Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP) also went on to have another shot to persuade the health ministry to recommend the benefits of prescribing of generic equivalent drugs. Here from Karnataka, there was four proposals made by individuals to set up Jan Aushadhi stores and the state drugs controller will issue the licenses once the approval processes are complete.

Earlier in May 2015, the state government inked a pact with Hindustan Lifecare Limited (HLL) to set up a chain of generic drug stores namely Janasanjeevini. Here too the drug access was for people across economic strata to buy medicines at reduced prices. The outlet was commissioned at the KC General Hospital in Bengaluru in June 2015.


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SHIVARAJ K S Sep 18, 2017 1:10 PM

Sir / madam...
i want generic medician store licence & how to apply t drug licence plz help me ur official contact number or address....
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