Pharma Jan Samadhan Scheme

Pharma Jan Samadhan Scheme

Launched by: 

Union Minister of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Shri Ananth Kumar 

Aim:

  • 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- 
    • Quality, 
    • Availability and 
    • Affordability 
Pharma Jan Samadhan’ is a step in this direction.
  • 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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