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'Generic Drugs Store' set to be opened in Aizawl soon
Source: The Sangai Express / Newmai News Network

Aizawl, August 31 2014: 'Generic Drugs Store' where medicines will be sold at cheaper price for the relief of common people and the poor, is soon to come up in Mizoram.

Sources said that the same is planned to be opened up this year at Aizawl Civil Hospital compound, for which necessary things are being dealt with.

The people-friendly Generic Drugs Store here in the State will be among the firsts in India, sources mentioned.

It added that Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla and Health Minister Lal Thanzara have taken vigorous steps at the Central level for the setting up of the same in the State, and now steps are being taken for procuring license.

For the start, the Generic Drugs Store will be opened at the morgue near Aizawl Civil Hospital main building, until it is shifted to the new building near cabin.

Medical Superintendent of ACH Hospital Dr.Rosangluaia said that the central government has 361 drug items to be sold at the Generic Drugs Store.

But then, all such drug items will not be taken at the start; only needful items will be taken first, he said.

Dr.Rosangluaia further said that they will not force doctors to prescribe the medicines from the Generic Drugs Store, adding, "Doctors will prescribe only those they think are good".

He added that the drugs being sold in general drug store comes in a chain such that the manufacturing Company first sold to other Company who does the packing, from whom the stockist/wholesale buy it, and then the drug store, hence high price at the end.

In case of Generic Drugs, on the other, the manufacturing company shall be the dealer as well with no middle stages.

Moreover, being without any extra-packaging and diluted mixture in the middle, the drugs are supposed to be more effective.

When sold, drugs that are bought by the people now at Rs.100 will be available at about Rs.20 .

With the initiative of Department of Pharmaceutical under Ministry of Chemical & Fertilizers, Generic Drugs Store has been successfully opened up in Rajasthan and Gujarat, and initiative is now taken to open up the same in Maharastra.

Generic Drugs are to be sold exactly at the price fixed by central government, and 15 percent of the sale will be the profit of the seller.

As to the dimension of the Generic Drugs Store, it shall not be smaller than 120 sq.ft.

and there shall be at least 3 workers, and also it is to be opened at least 12 hours a day.

Medicines at Generic Drugs Store are expected to be cheaper than the medicines at general drug stores by 70 percent.


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