Union Minister of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Shri Ananth Kumar
- For redressed of consumers’ grievances relating to pricing and availability of medicines.
- Empowering the common man.
- To help both consumers as well as pharma industry.
Facts About the Scheme:
- The pharma industry stands on three pillars-
- Availability and
- Compendium has been issued for both consumers and the pharmaceutical industry
- To make medicines available to poor people at cheap rates, the Jan Aushidhi scheme is being Redesigned.
Key Features of the Scheme:
- Web enabled system created by National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA).
- For protection of interests of consumers, it seeks to serve as a robust E-governance tool through effective implementation of the price of drugs.
- Act as a measure against black-marketing, artificial medicines and also against practices like over pricing of the drugs.
- Provide many facilities, like an on-line facility to consumers and others, to redress their complaints relating to over-pricing of medicines, non-availability or shortage of medicines, refusal of supply for sale of any medicine without good and sufficient reason.
- National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) will initiate within 48 hrs of its receipt, after receiving the complaint.
- It shows that the government or NPPA is not only a regulator but also a facilitator.
- This pharma-literacy initiative would not only create awareness among the people but also act as a deterrence against black-marketing, spurious medicines, and inflated cost of drugs.
- So this is the door for an online facility to register complaints regarding any of the issues below:
- Redressed of consumers’ grievances
- Overpricing of medication
- Non-availability or shortage of medication
- Sale of new medicines without prior price approval of NPPA
- Prevent spread of spurious medication
- Stop inflation in the cost of drugs
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