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Low-cost generic drug stores in RIMS

Medicine stores where the common man can easily avail of generic drugs were inaugurated by the health minister, Hemlal Murmu, at the Sadar Hospital and Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) on Wednesday.

"We had promised to open generic medicine stores in the state on August 15. In the first stage, we will set up such stores in all district Sadar hospitals and medical colleges in Ranchi, Dhanbad, and Jamshedpur. In the second stage we will focus on block level hospitals and primary health centres," said the minister.

The minister said many poor people cannot afford costly medicines because of which many deaths occur in critical circumstances. Earlier, medicines which cost Rs 15 will now cost only Rs 3. "The quality will be the same. There will be laboratory tests from time to time to maintain quality," assured the minister.

Principal secretary, health, K Vidyasagar, said, "It's an important milestone in the health sector. There are many advantages of generic medicines and we will try our best to make them available at the stores. All these medicines will be from public sector undertaking companies (PSUs). They will be available at the medical colleges and hospitals."

Doctors have been directed to prescribe generic drugs to patients. And if they fail they will be hauled up. "The civil surgeon has to ensure that doctors prescribe these medicines from time to time. There will be prescription audit to keep a check on doctors," said Vidyasagar.

P Chandra, director in chief (health services), said, "With the help of five PSUs, we will try to set up a super stock store where medicines of all companies will be available under one roof. Now every class of people can get generic medicines but the focus will be on the underprivileged. We need to create awareness about these drugs among the people." source-articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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