Launch of affordable medicines & reliable implants for treatment (“AMRIT”) to provide affordable drugs for cancer and heart diseases

The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has with an aim to reduce the expenditure incurred by patients on treatment of cancer and heart diseases launched a programme called Affordable Medicines and Reliable Implants for Treatment (“AMRIT”), under which the Government will run pharmacy retail stores to sell medicines in hospitals like All India Institute of Medical Sciences (“AIIMS”), Safdarjung Hospital, Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital & Tata Memorial Hospital.
The country’s first such retail outlet which will sell drugs for the two ailments at highly discounted was inaugurated by the Health minister at the AIIMS on 15th November, 2015. The AMRIT pharmacy would be selling 202 cancer and 186 cardio-vascular drugs, and 148 types of cardiac implants at very affordable prices. Patients would be able to buy medicines and implants at 50 to 60% cheaper prices than the open market from the AMRIT pharmacy.
The project has been floated in a tie-up with Government-owned HLL Lifecare Ltd which is deputed to establish and run the AMRIT chain of pharmacies across the country. Based on the outcome of the AIIMS outlet, this initiative will be taken to other Central Government Hospitals and Regional Cancer Centers.

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