In respect of the pharmacy NEIGRIHMS does not operate a free medicine shop

Shillong, September 11: The PRO in the press statement issued today said that, in respect of the pharmacy, NEIGRIHMS “does not operate a free medicine shop”, which need to be clarified for the information all concerned. One pharmacy outlet under the Affordable Medicines and Reliable Implants for Treatment (AMRIT) program of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, is being run in a tie-up with government-owned HLL Lifecare Ltd (HLL) which is deputed to establish and run the AMRIT chain of pharmacies across the country.

The AMRIT pharmacy is selling cancer, cardio-vascular drugs and cardiac implants at very affordable prices to patients, cheaper than the open market, as Affordable medical care is the focus of the government, which has been notified in the Press Information Bureau on 15th November’2015 (Copy enclosed).

Further, the Institute has already communicated for establishing exclusive outlets “Jan Aushadhi Medical Store”, so as to reduce expenses in healthcare, The Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana– wherein the sale of generic medicines through dedicated sales outlets called Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Kendra (PMBJK) is to be run on the principle of “No Profit, No loss”.

The pharmacy outlet for offering drugs at affordable cost is being opened shortly in the campus, under Jan Aushadhi Scheme as per Notification of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, which shall be operated by M/s Hind Lab Care Ltd in collaboration of Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India in order to enable a focused and institutional approach.

In additional, in view of patient load and easy availability of drugs’, surgical and allies store within the Institute premises two pharmacies are operational on outsourced basis, one at the OPD area and the other at the Public Utility block, finalized through Open competitive bidding process with wide print and web publicity.

The pharmacy presently operational in the OPD area is on discount on MRP as per tender condition, offered by M/s Life Care Pharmacy, Mawdiangdiang, Shillong and the other pharmacy at the Public Utility block on the basis of license fee as per  tender condition offered by M/s Lucky Division, Lawmali, Shillong. Further, the objective of the Institute is availability of drugs etc at affordable cost to patients and beneficiaries.

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