The Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research is set to open its third Affordable Medicines and Reliable Implants for Treatment (AMRIT) outlet, which will provide cardiology medicines and cardiac surgery devices at cheaper rates.
The outlet, which will be set up at the Advance Cardiac Centre of PGI, is likely to be inaugurated by Union Health Minister JP Nadda next month.
A senior PGI official said this will be the first AMRIT outlet in the country that will exclusively provide cardiac drugs and cardiac surgical devices at lower costs.
“If the price of a stent is Rs 55,000 in the market, we will provide the general public the same at Rs 25,000 (approx) at this outlet. We will provide affordable cardiac surgical devices to the public at cheaper rates,” said the official.
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Other than the cardiac drugs, stents, pacemakers and implants will be available at the store.
There is no pharmacy available for the public at PGI’s Advance Cardiac Centre at present. The doctors said the outlet will help the general public at large.
“Once this outlet is made operational, procuring the medicines will become easier for patients,” said Dr Yash Paul Sharma, head, department of cardiology, PGI.
At present, the PGI is operating one AMRIT outlet, which is selling branded medicines, on trail basis at the Nehru Hospital. Another outlet, also in the Nehru hospital and provides generic drugs, is also likely to be inaugurated by the health minister in the first week of August.
“We have asked the HLL Lifecare Ltd to finish the construction work soon. The health minister is likely to visit the PGI on August 6 and we are hopeful that the outlets will be inaugurated the same day,” said the PGI official.
A Delhi-based official of the government-owned HLL Lifecare Ltd (HLL), which is managing the AMRIT outlets, said the PGI has asked them to finish the outlet before July 31. “We don’t know when it will be inaugurated and who will inaugurate it,” the official said. The Union health ministry had launched the coun’ry’s first AMRIT outlet at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi in November last year.
Earlier in April, the PGI started the first AMRIT outlet on “trial basis”. “Since we are offering a good discount, more than 1,000 people come to our store. It is helping the public,” said an employee at the PGI’s AMRIT outlet.
According to PGI sources, Nadda who is likely to visit PGI on August 6, will also attend the general body meeting of the institute. Apart from inaugurating the AMRIT outlets, he is likely to inaugurate several other facilities, including the tele-medicine facilities for the remote areas of Himachal Pradesh.