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CEO of BPPI assures to expedite medicine supply to Jan Aushadhi Kendras in TN soon

Peethaambaran Kunnathoor, Chennai
Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

In response to the complaints made by the Jan Aushadhi medical stores in Tamil Nadu, the chief executive officer of the Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India (BPPI), Biplab Chatterjee, has informed Pharmabiz that a new and improved form of supply chain will be introduced in Tamil Nadu and other states by the BPPI soon.

Similarly, the number of medicines and surgical items now available in the JAS stores will also be increased. The soon-to-be-introduced end-to-end supply chain solution will become a historical step in the history of PMBJP and also in the drug distribution system in the country.

“The scheme is really turning out to be well. Number of medicines available under PMBJP has been increased to 636 medicines and 132 surgical items from earlier 99 medicines. Supply chain process is also getting revamped with the introduction of new End to End Supply Chain Solution which is a historical step in the history of PMBJP,” he wrote in an email letter sent to Pharmabiz.

 He said the current issues emerged out of the present drug supply system were due to transition problems which will be sorted out and a solution will be made soon. According to Chatterjee, Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana is a noble mission and it is undergoing transformation for a better system envisioned to distribute quality drugs at reasonable rates to the people of the country.

The CEO has claimed that a total of 213 retail outlets of Jan Aushadhi Kendras are functioning in Tamil Nadu. In addition to this, BPPI has granted approvals to more than 1,200 interested applicants to open JAS outlets across the state.

When Pharmabiz contacted the state drugs control director, K Sivabalan, he said his department has given only 120 drug sale licences for Jan Aushadhi stores.

Meanwhile, responding to the news story published in Pharmabiz on November 20, many shop owners of PMBJP Kendras from all over Tamil Nadu have contacted this reporter and said they are not getting medicines from BPPI. S Thirumalai, a JAS owner in Trichy said supply of medicines to his store is halted for the last three months. A trader from Chennai said he entered into the medicine business by opening a JAS store, but now he is disappointed in the way the PMBJP project is managed.

Supporting the BPPI, the assistant drugs controller at Madurai has informed Pharmabiz that he has not received any complaint about shortage of drugs in JAS stores in southern Tamil Nadu. When Pharmabiz contacted some JAS stores, it is learnt that shortfall in supply is continuing.

The director of Tamil Nadu drugs Control Administration, K Sivabalan said streamlining of supply system in JAS outlets is not vested with state DC department, hence they are not accountable to interfere in the matter.


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sagathevan Nov 22, 2017 12:36 PM
I appreciate your initiative to enlighten present problem faced by JAS outlets.The govt initiative is in good direction and people are taking drugs from stores due to advantage in price.If supply is good people will be benefited.I operate store from Tirumangalam,Madurai district
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