Hyderabad: The Chief Minister Mr. N.Kiran Kumar Reddy advised the Medical and Health Department to take utmost care in proper maintenance of Medicines procurement, Storage, Distribution, Access and use to serve the poor and the disadvantaged in a better way. The Chief Minister has opined that the Government of India may be requested to bring an enactment for compulsory sales of both generic and branded medicines in the medical stores all over the country.
The Chief Minister formally launched the “JeevanDhara/Jan Aushadhi” outlet situated in Osmania Hospital through online from Camp Office, today on the occasion of the ‘World Health Day – 2011’. The main aim of “Jeevandhara/Jan Aushadhi” is to make available quality medicines at affordable prices for all.
Dr. D.L.Ravindra Reddy, Minister for Medical and Health, Mr J.Satyannarayana, Special Chief Secretary to the Chief Minister, Dr P.V.Ramesh, Principal Secretary, Medical and Health, Mrs Y.Srilakshmi, Commissioner, Family Welfare, Mr B.Venkatesham, Managing Director, A.P.Medical Services and Infrastructure Development Corporation (APMSIDC) and other senior officials from the Medical and Health Department were present.
The Officials informed the Chief Minister that the concept of Jeevandhara is proposed to be launched in the entire State over a period of one year by establishing a series of Jeevandhara stores. Presently 333 generic medicines are made available to common man at a lesser price of 40 to 90, compared to branded medicines. They also stated that under this scheme, less priced quality unbranded generic medicines will be made available through jeevandhara stores which inherently are less priced but are of same quality, efficacy and safety as compared to the branded medicines.
The Chief Minister opined that ensuring successful implementation of Jeevandhara programme would dispel the myth that quality of medicines is linked to price and demonstrate that the quality medicines can be sold at substantially lower prices.
“ASHWINI” and “MEMIS”
The Officials of the APMSIDC explained to Chief Minister in detail about “Ashwini” — the supply, installation and maintenance of equipment required for RFID-based tracking of medicines in Central Warehouses of the Corporation along with CCTV surveillance system implementation, monitoring and the activity in the premises and ‘MEMIS’—Medicine & Equipment Management Information System. The total amount required for construction of 23 medicine stores in the State would be Rs.103.54 crores, the officials stated.(NSS)