The fourth Affordable Medicines and Reliable Implants for Treatment (AMRIT) outlet is likely to come up at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) in Sector 32 soon.
At present, there are three AMRIT outlets at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research.
GMCH officials said the process to set up the AMRIT outlet has been started and they have initiated talks with the government-owned HLL Lifecare Ltd (HLL) in this connection. Atul Sachdeva, director principal, GMCH, said: “We are thinking to open one outlet at the hospital. We have initiated talks with the agency concerned.”
Sources in the hospital said the internal clearance to set up an outlet has been done and the file is being sent to the higher authorities for approval. “Once the outlet opens, it will be beneficial to the patients. The patients can get medicines at cheaper rates,” said a doctor.
A senior HLL official said they are trying to open more AMRIT outlets in the hospitals in the city. “The hospitals in the city are approaching us and we are trying to open more outlets,” said the official.
Recently, the PGI said they would open more AMRIT outlets. Three AMRIT outlets are functional in the PGI – two sell generic and branded medicines and another provides cardiac medicines.
The health ministry launched the country’s first AMRIT outlet at AIIMS in New Delhi in November last year.