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Centre plans to sell generic medicines at fuel stations

The government is working on opening ‘Jan Aushadhi’ (generic medicines) stores at petrol pumps belonging to state-run fuel retailers across the country with a view to make cheap drugs accessible to masses, Union oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on Wednesday.

“Oil marketing companies are bringing an ecosystem of non-fuel retail business at petrol pumps through tieups. The Jan Aushadhi stores under the department of pharmaceuticals in the chemicals & fertilizers ministry will also be opened at the outlets in the future,” Pradhan said.

Pradhan said after the fuel retailers inked MoU with Energy Efficiency Services Ltd for selling energy-efficient appliances and LED bulbs from petrol pumps.

Under law, drug stores need to have qualified pharmacists. While most of the private drug stores list such pharmacists, they are seldom present.

The officials said it will also open job opportunities.


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