"The government proposes to include 14 anti-cancer, 53 cardiovascular and 14 anti-diabetic medicines in the proposed list of items under the Jan Aushadhi scheme," Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said in a written reply to Lok Sabha.
He said many of the Jan Aushadhi stores do not seem to be viable based on their existing sales turnover. “Steps are, however, being taken to make them viable. These include expanding the basket of medicines, strengthening the supply chain management for uninterrupted supply of medicines, increase in retail margin and supply of surgical items," Ahir added.
Replying to another query, the Minister said as on March 31, 2015 the total expenditure incurred for implementation of Jan Aushadhi scheme is Rs 21.42 crore since inception. The scheme was launched in 2008.

The Minister said that under the new Jan Aushadhi scheme 2013, there is provision for opening of Jan Aushadhi stores outside the premises of hospitals also.
"Further, the scheme is being revised to expand its reach under Strategic Action Plan 2015," he added.

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