The flagship programme of the Union Health ministry – AMRIT (Affordable Medicines and Reliable Implants for Treatment) – to provide affordable life-saving cancer, cardiac drugs and medical disposables is, serving over five lakh patients and saving them a collective Rs 30 crore in medical costs.

The AMRIT programme is being implemented through mini-ratna PSU HLL Life care Ltd (HLL) which has been setting up pharmacies at major hospitals across the country to dispense the medicines.

HLL has already opened many pharmacies in major cities across the country, out of a target of 284 outlets in the next years.

The primary goal of AMRIT is to make available and accessible, at very affordable rates, all drugs, implants, surgical disposables that are not dispensed free of cost by the hospitals.

The AMRIT pharmacies stock nearly 2,200 drugs, surgical disposables and implants (including for cardiovascular, cancer and diabetes, stents etc.) that are offered at an average discount of 63 percent on medicines.

The first AMRIT pharmacy opened at AIIMS in New Delhi, with the capital city now having four in total. AMRIT outlets have been opened in major government hospitals in cities including Chandigarh, Raipur, Rishikesh, Puducherry, Bhopal, Guwahati, Shillong and Imphal. Cities where the pharmacies will be operational soon include Nagpur, Thiruvananthapuram, Patna, Kolkata, Mumbai, Tezpur, Jorhat and Agartala.

In JIPMER,PUDUCHERI, medicinesworth2crore were sold in the last 10 months. Medicines costing, Rs 11000/costing in regular pharmacies are available here for just Rs 1034.

Care is taken to check the prescriptions issued, by contacting the issuing doctor over phone. To ensure, that these medicines are resold, at premium rates, stamping is done on the strips and the prescriptions


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