New Delhi: To support government in its fight against COVID-19, Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India(BPPI) Under the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers has contributed Rs. 25 Lakh to PMCARES fund.
A cheque of the said amount was presented by Secretary Pharma, shri PD vaghela to Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers Shri . DV sadananda Gowda in New Delhi today. On this occasion Shri Sachin Singh, CEO, BPPI, Shri Rajneesh Tingal, JS, pharma , Shri Navdeep Rinwa, JS, pharma and other senior officers were also present
The amount was contributed by employees, of BPPI and owners and distributors of Janaushadhi Kendras. The Kendras working under Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) have been rendering essential services to the nation. Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India (BPPI), the implementing agency of the PMBJP has been keeping a close tab on the situation in all of its areas of operations. BPPI has been standing with its stakeholders and consumers in these challenging times as Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Kendra (PMBJK) are functional and maintaining operations as part of their commitment.
BPPI is committed to ensure uninterrupted availability of essential medicines at the PMBJK. BPPI has a clocked appreciable sales turnover of Rs. 52 Crore despite the lockdown and testing times in the month of April 2020 as compared to Rs. 42 Crore achieved in March 2020. As the product basket of PMBJP consists of all the essential medicines enlisted in the NLEM other than lab regents & stents, BPPI has adequate stock of the medicines which are currently under demand viz. Face mask, Hydroxychloroquine, Paracetamol, and Azithromycin. BPPI has sold about 6 lacs Face masks, 50 lacs tablets of Hydroxychloroquine in the month of March & April 2020. Further, orders for 60 lacs Hydroxychloroquine tablets have also been placed. Envisioning current market demand, BPPI has also placed purchase orders for the procurement of these medicines so as to have enough stock for the next six months.
Following the lockdown measures in place, over 6300 PMBJKs are functioning across the nation, covering 726 districts of the country. Supporting the government’s initiative of practicing social distancing, pharmacists at the PMBJK, now popularly known as “Swasth Ke Sipahi” are undertaking the delivery of medicines to patients and elderly people at their doorstep.
- India has 7 crore people suffering from diabetes
- Affordable glucometers and strips were launched by the government in May 2018
- These glucometers cost Rs 480 per device and box of strips is for Rs 225
With nearly 7 core people in India suffering from diabetes, monitoring and control of the disease becomes integral. In order to make diabetes regulation affordable, the government had launched digital glucometer in May 2018 at lower costs.
Since May 2018, the government has sold over Rs 4.45 crore glucometers and strips so far.
According to the RTI reply by the government, the digital glucometers were launched by Bureau of Pharma Public Sector Undertakings of India (BPPI) in May 2018. The glucometer and a box of strips are being sold at low cost exclusively through Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Kendra (PMBJK) Rs 480 and Rs 225 respectively.
The government also said that around Rs 4.45 crore glucometers have been sold since its launch while more than 3 crore boxes of strips have been sold. One box contains 25 strips.
Glucometer and strips are used to measure the sugar levels in the blood.
The prices of government made glucometers and strips are much lower than the market prices of these products. A box of 25 strips would usually cost more than Rs 500 in the market while a branded glucometer would sell for nearly Rs 1,000.
As these devices are only available at government-run Janaushadhi Kendra, most diabetes patients are beyond the reach of these low cost products.
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