Kochi | Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers Ananth Kumar today said that the government would bring medical devices and implants under the list of essential drugs in order to protect
the poor from drug mafia.
Inaugurating Jan Kalyan Parv to mark one year of the Narendra Modi Government here, he said as the government had noted that the price of medical devices, cardiac stents and other implants were high and the drug mafia controlling it, the government had decided to take action against it and bring such devices under the list of essential drugs.
We will bring them in the list of essential medicines and like other drugs their sale controlled and provide all these at affordable prices to the poor, he added.
Mr Kumar also announced Jan Aushadh Centres in 79 hospital across the state to sell generic drugs ranging from antibiotics, anti-cardiac, anti-infective and gastrointestinal drugs at prices at atleast half of branded drugs.
He also asked Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Health Minister Sivakumar to communicate their willingness to him so that he would come to Kerala and sign MoU in this regard with the centre.
The centre would provide medicine as subsidized rate and the state government need to provide space in hospitals, he said adding that if the state government wanted more such centres, the centre was ready to provide.
Besides this, the Centre was ready to provide such centres to NGOs, cooperative societies and trusts if they approached the government, he added.
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