Union Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister Ananth Kumar on Friday announced that generic medicine outlets will be set up at districts hospitals across the country where essential medicines and life saving drugs will be made available at prices 25 to 50 per cent lesser than branded drugs.
Speaking at a function organised by the State BJP to felicitate 17 party MPs elected from the State and the four union ministers from Karnataka inducted into the Narendra Modi cabinet, Ananth Kumar said as many as 500 essential medicines and life savings drugs will be made available at these outlets for the poor.
Ananth Kumar said he will hold consultation with the State government to open generic medicine outlets at district hospitals in the State. The poor end up losing their life savings buying expensive medicines manufactured by multi-national pharmaceuticals, he said and added that the ultimate aim was that generic medicines should be available at every primary health centre.
Ananth Kumar, who got elected for the sixth consecutive term from Bangalore (South) Parliamentary seat said his ministry would ensure adequate and timely supply of fertilisers to farmers for the upcoming kharif season.
He said all the four union ministers would work as a team towards the welfare and development of Karnataka.