Prices of 500 drugs reduced in last two years: Ananth Kumar

indexNEW DELHI: Centre has reduced the prices of 500 drugs, surgical supplies and other medical consumables in the last two years.
This was informed by Minister of Chemicals and Fertilisers Ananth Kumar while sharing the achievements of his Ministry during the period in New Delhi yesterday.
He said that Jan Aushadhi stores are being increased to around 3,000 in the current year from just around 100 in 2014.
Mr Kumar said that country has an unhealthy dependence on China for 80 bulk drugs or APIs, which are active raw materials used to make drugs. He said, therefore to boost domestic
production, bulk drugs parks are also being established.The Minister said the country has witnessed a record production of 245 lakh tonnes of urea in the 2015-16 fiscal on back of the policy initiatives taken by the government.

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