Union Health Minister J P Nadda has inaugurated India’s first pharmacy called AMRIT – Affordable Medicines and Reliable Implants for Treatment – to provide drugs for cancer and cardiovascular diseases at discounted prices.
AMRIT will have 202 such drugs where the price is going to be reduced on an average by 60 to 90 percent.
Speaking on the occasion Nadda said ‘Under the AMRIT programme we have identified 202 drugs of cancer and cardiovascular diseases where the price is to be reduced on average by 60 to 90 percent, and in the same way 148 cardiac implants will be made from the centre and sold there and their cost will be reduced by 50 to 60 percent.
The Minister called it a pilot project and said they will review the programme after 15 days and in the future try to replicate it in all central hospitals.
AMRIT will be managed by the government owner HLL Lifecare Ltd. that will sell both drugs and implants at discounts based on authentic prescriptions from doctors to patients at all hospitals.
In India a total of 70,000 people are diagnosed with cancer every year. An official report says 2.8 million people have cancer at any point in time and half a million die of the disease each year.