52 generic medicines stores opened across state

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GANDHINAGAR: Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani launched 52 generic medicines stores across Gujarat, during a function held on the Ahmedabad Civil Hospital campus. Health minister Shankar Chaudhary was present at the event. Five-hundred more stores are to be added. The shops are named Deendayal Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Kendra.

The CM said Deendayal Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Kendras represented a leap towards generic, affordable, and quality medicines. He said the stores would yield substantial savings, particularly for the poor and for those suffering from chronic ailments. Chaudhary said,”To achieve Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s dream of providing health services at nominal cost to citizens, the chief minister decided to open generic medicine stores across the state.” The minister said that at these stores, government-certified medicines would cost 90% less than branded medicines. “Medical implant material will also be provided at these stores soon,” he said.

In the first phase, major hospitals and organizations in districts will open Sanjivani stores. Such stores will function 24×7. Initially 1,000 types of drugs will be sold, of which 500 will be in the essential drugs list. In the second phase, 2,000 types of drugs will be made available. The stores have been provided with adequate staff and modern equipment. In the second phase, 500 to 1,000 stores are planned. Such stores will be opened at the taluka level too. Major cities will have more than one store. The government has also launched the G-Dava application which can be downloaded free. It is a search engine for generic drugs. A list of prices of branded drugs and prices of matching generic drugs is available on the app.
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