Omar for low cost, high quality drug stores in J-K
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Last Updated: Monday, November 29, 2010, 22:32
Jammu: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday stressed on setting up government drug stores in all districts to ensure quality medicines at affordable prices to people.

"There should be provisions under the State Drug Policy for establishing and running of such drug stores competently for the larger benefits of general public, especially the poor," he said while chairing a high-level meeting here to take stock of various aspects of the Draft Drug Policy formulated by the Health and Medical Education department.

Omar said that the policy should be urgently placed before the cabinet for review and approval. He directed for constitution of a committee under the Chief Secretary to formulate a comprehensive scheme for establishment of drug stores in the state for supplying low cost, high quality generic medicines to the people.

Omar said that his government has flagged health sector as one of the most important sectors in its policy. "Sooner the policy is approved and put in place, the better it will be for the public as well as the health and medical education department," he said.

Omar highlighted the need for strengthening the drug laboratories in J-K so that drug analysis and tests of national and international standards are carried out there.

"Government is concerned about checking the sale and supply of spurious and sub-standard medicines in the market and in this connection a unified approach has to be evolved involving all the stake holders in field," he said.

The draft drug policy among other things provide for the process of procurement and supply of essential medicines as defined by the World Health Organization taking care of the health needs of the people.

It was stated that the Health department under the new drug policy intends to open four drug stores in the state where generic drugs would be provided to the people on reasonable and affordable costs.

These stores have been proposed at SMHS Hospital in Srinagar, Government Hospital at Gandhi Nagar in Jammu and one each at Leh and Kargil district of Ladakh region in the beginning.

Under the new drug policy, drug information centres in the Government Medical College in Srinagar and Jammu have also been envisaged besides annual publication of a state level details in line with the World Health Organization and national norms.


First Published: Monday, November 29, 2010, 22:32

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