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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 1958
ANSWERED ON:  21.12.2018
AMRIT Stores
M. CHANDRAKASI
Will the Minister of



HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE be pleased to state:-


Will the Minister of HEALTH AND FAMILY WELFARE be pleased to state:

(a) the objectives and salient features of AMRIT scheme run by the Government;

(b) the number of AMRIT stores in the country as on date, State/UT-wise and the details of AMRIT Pharmacies proposed to be set up in the next few years; and

(c) the number of medicines/drugs/ medical devices presently made available through these stores and the average percentage price reduction available in AMRIT stores?


ANSWER
ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND
FAMILY WELFARE
(SMT. ANUPRIYA PATEL)
(a) AMRIT (Affordable Medicines and Reliable Implants for Treatment) Pharmacies are being opened and operated by M/s.HLL Lifecare Ltd., a Central Public Sector Undertaking (CPSU) of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, with an objective of providing affordable medicines for treatment of Cancer, Cardiovascular and other diseases, stents, implants, surgical disposables and other consumables, thereby reducing the out of pocket expenses.
(b): As informed by HLL Lifecare Ltd., at present, 146 AMRIT pharmacies are operational in the country. The State/UT-wise list of operational AMRIT stores is at Annexure.
State Governments and Central Government PSUs have been informed regarding AMRIT pharmacies and M/s HLL Lifecare Ltd. has been directed to consider the requests of State Governments and CPSUs for opening of AMRIT pharmacies at major State Government hospitals/ Institutions/CPSU. The action for opening additional 43 AMRIT stores is underway.
(c): The AMRIT pharmacies makes available more than 5200 Stock Keeping Units (SKUs) in the cardiovascular, cancer and diabetes drug segments and stents, implants, surgical disposables and other consumables. The average discount that patients can avail at AMRIT stores ranges from 50% to 55%.
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