Half price generic drug outlets to open on June 15

Half price generic drug outlets to open on June 15

The long-pending promise of the State government to make public healthcare affordable is turning into a reality.

Medical Education Minister S A Ramdas on Friday announced that half price generic drug outlets would be opened from June 15 in all the hospitals that come under the State Medical Education department.

All types of drugs will be available at 50 per cent of the market retail price (MRP) in these outlets and as per the Drug Price Control Act, the drugs will be purchased directly from companies, to eliminate the role of middlemen. Presently, middlemen are harassing patients in the name of branded drugs,  he said.

In order to tackle the rising incidence of malnutrition cases, he said nutrition care units would be set up in medical college hospitals in North Karnataka.

Each unit will have 20 beds and new mothers will be made aware of the importance of nutrition and related subjects. The initiative is as per the recommendations of Justice N K Patil, who headed the committee that looked into malnutrition cases.

Ramdas said the Medical Education Governing Council has decided to adopt the PPP model for setting up and operating CT scan and MRI facilities. The plan will come into force from two months.

He said that the Medical Council of India had recently accorded permanent registration for MBBS admissions in Bidar, Raichur and Shimoga  institutes of medical sciences.

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