Now, high priced medicines will be a passé as generic medicines stores have grown in numbers from 53 to 119. In order to provide cheap medicines to patients, the central government had undertaken Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojna project which is now seeing good days after three years. In January 2017, there were 53 generic stores across Maharashtra including Mumbai, but now the numbers have gone up to 119.
The PM Narendra Modi had declared in April that doctors should prescribe generic medicines to the patients. After announcing this, the generic stores were built across Maharashtra. Meanwhile, railway minister Suresh Prabhu also announced that generic stores will come up in railway stations and the vicinity as well. In 2008, Congress had come up with the generic medicines project but did nothing thereafter. But when the BJP party came in power, they announced the same project in 2014 and started building the stores.
Year City Generic stores
January 2017 Mumbai 02
June 2017 Mumbai 05
"It is a good thing that number of generic stores are coming up in the city and Maharashtra. However, there are many doctors who still dont prescribe generic medicines. This should be made mandatory and should be strictly followed. Then only it will create awareness regarding the same,” said Umesh Khake, social activist.