Janaushadhi Week | 04 Mar 2020

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The Janaushadhi week is being celebrated across the country from 1st March to 7th March 2020.

  • On this occasion, various activities like health checkup Camp, Jan Aushadhi Paricharcha, Jan Aushadhi ka sath are being organised in the country.

Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana

  • Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) is a campaign launched by the Department of Pharmaceuticals in 2008 under the name Jan Aushadi Campaign.
  • Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India (BPPI) is the implementation agency for PMBJP.
    • The Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India works under the Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers.
  • PMBJP 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.
  • It also intends to extend the coverage of quality generic medicines so as to reduce the out of pocket expenditure on medicines and thereby redefine the unit cost of treatment per person.
  • It will create awareness about generic medicines through education and publicity so that quality is not synonymous with an only high price.

Source: PIB

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