Generic Medicines in India

When we get a fever and we go to a doctor, he checks us up and write us a prescription. So far, so good till here. Then we go to a chemist to get medicines from it. He happily gives it to us. Then he hand over the bill to us, we check it. We check it again. It amounts to Rs. 1000 for just a fever. This is the situation of our country now. The big players in the pharma industry makes it impossible for us to buy medicines. To tackle this situation and to provide with affordable medicines, the government of India launched a drive in which various medical stores will be opened all over the country and they will provide good quality medicine in cheap rate (also known as generic medicines) and it is known as Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Pariyojana Kendra (PMBJPK).

Jan Aushadhi Kendra Scheme
Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Pariyojana Kendra

Salient Features of Generic Stores / Jan Aushadhi Store (JAS)

  1. Operating Time: 8 Am to 8 PM.

  2. All OTC products will be available and can be bought without a prescription.
  3. All schedule drugs will be available and can be bought 'with' a prescription.

  4. These stores will also sell their products at the local medical stores.


  1. There was reduction in the price of medicines up to 90% through these stores.
  2. Over 30,000 stores were opened throughout the country.

Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Kendra Application Form

To open a Jan Aushadhi Kendra, download the form from here.

Find Nearest Generic Medicines Shop / Jan Aushadhi Kendra

To find the nearest Jan Aushadhi Kendra (Generic Medicines shop), Click Here

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