Coimbatore, Nov 2, 2016: Tamil Nadu now has its first Jan Aushadhi medical store under the ‘Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Yojna’ scheme to dispense generic medicines, that was opened here on Wednesday.
“The stores will dispense 550 medicines available under the scheme, including generic drugs for diabetes, cardiac problems, blood pressure, gastro, vitamins and antibiotics,” said EV Shiril, Managing Director of EVS Med, which has been assigned the task of opening these stores to PTI.
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In the first phase, he said to PTI that they had planned to open 50 medical centres across Coimbatore, Nilgiris and Tirupur districts. From them, 25 of the medical centres likely to be opened in Coimbatore in the next two months, in December and January.
Moving on to the second phase, EVS Med is planning to open 75 stores this fiscal from Coimbatore to Chennai and move southwards eventually, he said to PTI.
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The company will also launch services like home delivery within a month of opening the stores. Further, it was planning mobile Jan Aushadhi medical stores, so that people living in rural areas can also benefit from it.
Generic medicines come with an advantage over branded medicines. Even though they are the unbranded ones which are identical or bioequivalent to the branded ones and have the same efficiency in terms of therapeutic values, he added.
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