Health Minister inaugurates AMRIT outlets at Shillong, Imphal and Jodhpur

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New Delhi, August 17, 2016

Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare J P Nadda today inaugurated three Affordable Medicines and Reliable Implants for Treatment (AMRIT) outlets in Shillong, Imphal and Jodhpur, which are aimed at reducing the expenditure incurred by common patients on treatment of cancer and heart diseases.
The outlets located at North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS), Shillong, the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Imphal, and All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Jodhpur were inaugurated through video conferencing. 
“We now have 12 AMRIT outlets across the country. More than 2141 drugs (including cardiovascular, cancer, diabetes, stents, etc.) for treatment of Cancer and Cardiovascular Diseases are being sold through AMRIT at a discount of more than 70%,” the Health Minister said. 
The benefits of the AMRIT clinics can be availed by both in-patients as well as out-patients. About 300 more outlets would be started by the end of this year and basket of choices of drugs would also be further enhanced, he added.
AMRIT clinics have sold drugs worth Rs. 28 crore as per the MRP. However, the costs to the patients through these outlets have only been Rs 9 crore.  This has resulted in saving of Rs. 19 crore out of pocket expenditure to the patients.
“We are exploring the possibility of scaling up the facility and also making it accessible to larger number of people in various parts of the country. The State Governments have been informed about the AMRIT Pharmacies and have been advised to consider opening such pharmacies,” he added.
Dr. Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region said this initiative will be a big boost to the healthcare in the region. It will not only go a long way in providing cost-effective medicines to lower strata of the society but also provide a trustworthy healthcare system.