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Assam: Guwahati Medical College gets its first Amrit pharmacy

Assam: Guwahati Medical College gets its first Amrit pharmacy

Guwahati: The (Amrit) Pharmacy for Affordable Medicines and Reliable Implants for Treatments, opened at the Guwahati Medical College on Wednesday. It is the first of its kind in the state.

The Union Health Minister, JP Nadda, inaugurated the store, which will provide patients life-saving drugs, at heavily discounted rates. Oncology and cardiovascular medicines and implants will also be available at this newly opened Amrit outlet. Stores of  similar kind will also be opened in five other medical college hospitals in Silchar, Barpeta, Dibrugarh and Tezpur.

“We are trying to provide affordable medicines and treatment to people. Drugs for cancer and other diseases will be available at the GMCH outlet,” said J.P. Nadda. The state Health Minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma accompanied the Union Health Minister, for the inauguration.

Sarma on an earlier occasion had declared that if the six Amrit pharmacies opened  in medical college hospitals did good business, the state government would make more additions all over.

Amrit Pharmacy

The government is planning to open 300 outlets of Affordable Medicines and Reliable Implants for Treatment (Amrit) pharmacy across the country with an aim to reduce the expenditure incurred by common patients on treatment of cancer and heart diseases.

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The AMRIT retail outlets, which sell drugs at highly discounted rates, have a very comprehensive list of medicines that are available across range of products.

The outlets provide more than 195 drugs for treatment of cancer and 186 drugs for treatment of cardiovascular diseases are being sold through AMRIT with a discount of more than 90 percent are available to patients. More than 1.77 lakhs patients have been benefited till date. This has resulted in saving of around Rs 13 crores out of pocket expenditure to the patients which translates into an average discount of 69 percent on MRP.

The project has been floated in a tie-up with government-owned HLL Lifecare Ltd (HLL) which is mandated to establish and run the AMRIT chain of pharmacies across the country. According to HLL, the value of drugs dispensed (till May 30, 2016) from seven outlets is around Rs 7 crores while the MRP for the same was Rs 20 crores.

Read Also: 6 Amrit pharmacies coming up in medical colleges

Source: With inputs
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