Frequently Asked Question

‘Jan Aushadhi’ is a campaign launched by the Department of Pharmaceuticals in association with Central Pharma Public Sector Undertakings, to provide quality medicines at affordable prices to the masses. Jan Aushadhi stores have been set up to provide generic drugs, which are available at lesser prices but are equivalent in quality and efficacy as expensive branded drugs.
Generic medicines are unbranded medicines which are equally safe and having the same efficacy as that of branded medicines in terms of their therapeutic value. The prices of generic medicines are much cheaper than their branded equivalent.
BPPI (Bureau of Pharma Public Sector Undertakings of India) has been established under the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Govt. of India, with the support of all the CPSUs for co-coordinating procurement, supply and marketing of generic drugs through the Jan Aushadhi Stores.
The quality, safety and efficacy of medicines are ensured by getting each batch of medicines procured from CPSUs as well as private suppliers tested from NABL approved laboratories and conforming to the required standards before the same are supplied to Superstockists /Jan Aushadhi Stores from the Warehouse of BPPI.
The generic drugs are having the same efficacy and therapeutic value as that of branded medicines.
The cost of generic medicines having the same quality as that of branded medicines is much cheaper than their branded equivalent.
The endeavor of BPPI is to make available all therapeutic medicines from Jan Aushadhi Stores. A list of medicines with their MRP which are presently available are given under the heading “Price List of JAS medicines” on website: More medicines are being added to this list.
Out of 164 Jan Aushadhi Stores opened so far, 87 are presently functional. List of State-wise / District-wise JAS along with their locations are available under the heading “Stores” of the website of Jan Aushadhi.
The normal working hours of JAS are 8 Am to 8 PM.
OTC products can be purchased by any individual without a prescription. A prescription from a registered medical practitioner is necessary for purchase of schedule drugs.
Till recently only medicines manufactured by CPSUs were being supplied to Jan Aushadhi Stores. Since CPSUs are not able to make supply of all the 361 medicines proposed to be supplied to JAS, procurement of medicines which the CPSUs are not able to supply are being made from the private manufacturers. These medicines after getting tested from empanelled NABL Laboratories and sent to JAS through Superstockists appointed by BPPI.
(A) Any NGO/Institution/Co-operative Society identified by State Governments and free space provided in the premises of Government Hospital by the State Governments ; (B) Any NGO/Society/Trust/Institution/Self Health Group having experience of operation in welfare activities for 3 years and having space and financial capacity OR Any individual including un-employed pharmacist / medical practitioner having space and financial capacity.
(a) Own space or hired space duly supported by proper lease agreement; (b) Minimum required space conforming to standards as approved by the BPPI i.e. 120 sq. ft. (c) Sale license from competent authority (Retail drug license in the name of the applicant and/or Tin No.); (d) Proof of securing a pharmacist with computer knowledge (name of the pharmacist , Registration with the State Council etc. needs to be furnished ) ; (e) Financial capacity to run the Store supported by audited accounts for the last three years (Bank Statements for the last 03 years or sanction letter from Bank for extending loan in case of individuals).
BPPI writes to all the State Governments with a request to open Jan Aushadhi Stores in their states. The State Government, Department of Health would make recommendations in favour of the operating agency who would run the Stores and also instruct the District Hospital Authority to provide the minimum space conforming to standards as approved by BPPI in the Hospital premises. The location of the store should be at such a place which is easily accessible to the OPD patients, preferably at the entry of the hospital & given to the agency free of cost. The State Government needs to issue suitable instructions to the Hospitals/ Doctors for prescribing generic medicines. Other entities may approach BPPI either on the basis of advertisement issued by BPPI or suomoto with a complete application along with the supporting documents mentioned at 13 above. An agreement is to be entered into between BPPI and the operating agency before the JAS starts functioning and BPPI makes arrangements for dispatch of medicines. For detailed procedure, please click “Opening of JAS-guidelines” on website:“.
The following incentives are available: JAS operated by State Government nominated Agency: A margin of 16% for the JAS on the sale price of JAS is built in the MRP of each drug. In addition, the JAS are eligible for one time financial assistance up to Rs. 2.00 lakh as establishment cost and up to Rs. 50,000/- as one time start up cost for purchase of computer hardware etc. to be released by BPPI directly to the operating agency nominated by the State Government, generally on re-imbursement basis supported by bills of actual purchases/establishment. JAS operated by Other Agency: A margin of 16% for the JAS on the sale price of JAS is built in the MRP of each drug. In addition, the JAS are eligible for incentive linked to sale of medicines @ 10% of monthly sales amount subject to a ceiling of Rs. 10,000/- pm for a period of first 12 months. In case of Stores opened in North Eastern States and other difficult areas i.e. Naxal affected areas/Tribal areas etc. the rate of incentive would be 15% of monthly sale amount subject to a ceiling of Rs. 15,000/- per month. Such requests for grant of sales incentives should be accompanied with a report from the concerned Nodal Officer of BPPI. The financial assistance would be directly released to the entities from BPPI on receipt of requisite information/documents.