The government is set to expand the coverage of its Jan Aushadhi scheme. It will offer 439 life-saving medicines, including cancer and cardiovascular drugs, as well as 250 medical devices like stents and implants at 40-50% discounted prices.
The department of pharmaceuticals plans to open 300 Jan Aushadhi stores across the country by March and another 3,000 by 2017. Presently, only 45 medicines are available in 121 such stores. The roadmap has been drawn under the supervision of Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). “The government is concerned about exorbitantly priced medicines to treat critical diseases like cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular conditions,” a government official said, adding that the scheme will bring down prices of essential medicines without using direct price regulation.