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Affordable Medicine And Reliable Implants For Treatment (AMRIT)

Affordable Medicine And Reliable Implants For Treatment

Statistics indicate that more than 700,000 Indians are diagnosed with cancer every year. Among 2.8 million people, half of million will die every year because of the disease. According to the annual figure given by the World Health Organization, around 145,000 women in India are found with breast cancer. Because of unaffordable costs being incurred by the chemotherapy treatment, a considerable number of patients stop visiting healthcare and hospitals after completing two or three cycles. Hence, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has launched the program of Affordable Medicines & Reliable Implants for Treatment, which is abbreviated as AMRIT.

Retail Outlets Of AMRIT

The aim of this program is to reduce the expenditure gained by patients on the treatment of heart and cancer diseases. This is, of course, an innovative initiative as the AMRIT pharmacy will sell cancer drugs as per the authentic prescriptions are given by the healthcare professionals. Very soon, the cardiovascular drugs would also be dispensed along with medicines retailed for cancer. The first AMRIT Pharmacy was opened at AIIMS, New Delhi. In the first year itself, around 5.14 lakh patients were found to be benefited from AMRIT pharmacies, which have achieved a collective sale of 18.51 Cr of medicines.

After seeing the outcome of AIIMS outlet, this initiative is opened in some major government hospitals of Chandigarh, Rishikesh, Raipur, Pondicherry, Guwahati, Imphal, Shillong, and Bhopal. Very soon, the pharmacies are expected to be operational in Nagpur, Patna, Thiruvananthapuram, Kolkata, Patna, Tezpur, Agartala, Jorhat, and Mumbai with an intention to ease the burden of a common man, particularly the underserved.

Under this scheme, AMRIT retail outlets will be selling 186 cardio-vascular and 202 cancer drugs in addition to 148 varieties of cardiac implants at a highly discounted rate. So, patients can now able to buy medicines or implants at 50-60% cheaper prices from AMRIT outlet instead of the open market. The project was launched in collaboration with HLL Lifecare Ltd, which is a government-owned medical organization deputed to start and run the AMRIT retail chain of pharmacies all across the country.

AMRIT Centers

  • The first AMRIT outlet was opened at AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences), New Delhi on 15th November 2015
  • Postgraduate Institution of Medical Education & Research, PGIMER in Chandigarh
  • RML hospital in New Delhi
  • Lady Hardinge Medical College in New Delhi
  • Safdarjung hospital in Delhi
  • AIIMS in Rishikesh
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research in (JIPMER) in Puducherry
  • AIIMS in Raipur
  • Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Imphal
  • North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health & Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) in Shillong
  • All India Institute Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Jodhpur
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