A bitter pill to swallow.

The government-run Jan Aushadhi pharmacies have grown from 80 in 2015 to over 8,000 in 2021. But the growth in store numbers hides crucial gaps in the supply chain which Department of Pharmaceuticals is struggling to fix.
Health ministry has also raised concerns over the quality of drugs procured but quality control processes are non-transparent. Owners complain that the business model is unviable—margins are so low that running them could be “compared to operating a philanthropic store”

As of 2019, the latest available official figures, only five states—Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Gujarat—accounted for over 70% of Jan Aushadhi medicine sales. And only 155 stores were operating at the threshold of Rs 2 lakh worth of sales per month.

What’s behind the persistent difficulties dogging a scheme that, by all accounts, sounds like a well-intentioned attempt at making medicines accessible to the poor? @dawalelo answers in today’s story:


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