Jan Aushadhi Kendra Almost Defunct In UP

Jan Aushadhi Kendra Almost Defunct In UP

AGRA, 24 DEC 2017: To provide medicines on affordable rates to poor, the Central government had opened Jan Aushdhi Kendras which were providing generic medicines at low cost.


However, due to unavailability of generic medicines on these counters, poor patients are forced to purchase expensive drugs from private medical stores. When contacted, health officials said that only two agencies are supplying the generic medicines to these counters across Uttar Pradesh, so there is a shortage and the patients are suffering.


"We know that there is a shortage of medicines at Jan Aushdhi Kendras due to high demand and limited suppliers. Higher officials and concerned agencies have already been informed about the shortage," said Mukesh Paliwal, drug inspector in Agra. According to sources, there are seven Jan Aushdhi Kendra counters operational in the region, and they cater to over 1,000 patients per day by providing over 7,00 types of expensive medicines to patients suffering from diabetes and heart diseases and other ailments.

These generic medicines are sold on subsidised rates to the poor patients.