How to open a Jan Aushadhi Pharmacy Store in India?

This article describes about the importance of having Jan Aushadhi Store in India. Jan Aushadhi Store sells good quality but less costly medicines throughout India. This will help thus the people of poorer class and low income category to buy medicines which will still be affordable to them. Check this article to know about the eligibility criteria to open a JAS in your city. Also get to know about the other formalities required to be completed to get license and approval to operate as well as benefits from the Jan Aushadhi Store.

Introduction to Jan Aushadhi Store

The Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Government of India started the Jan Aushadhi Scheme. The aim of this scheme was to make medicines available to the general public at a cheaper price.
To open and operate such stores, the official body has made two different types of categories.

Different types of Categories to open a Jan Aushadhi Store in India

  1. JAS opened by NGOs, Institutions or co-operative societies in hospital premises and which are recognised by the Government.
  2. JAS opened by NGOs, charitable societies, institutions, self help groups, individuals (Unemployed Pharmacists, doctors, Registered Medical Practitioners).

Eligibility criteria to open JAS

  1. Eligibility criteria for Category 1

    Agencies desiring to operate such a Jan Aushadhi Store in hospital premises must be recognised by the Government of India.

  2. Eligibility criteria for Category 2

    The entity / individual in concern should have a minimum of 3 years of experience in managing welfare activity. Any such activity should be clearly visible and evidence of auditing should be presented as proof.Such auditing should be presented for the last 3 years. Alternatively, a loan sanction letter from the bank should be provided.

  3. The agency should have a minimum of 120 square feet of area to open a JAS.
  4. Operating personnel should have sound and proficient knowledge of operating computers, related software and also present a proof of having a pharmacist in the store.
  5. Sufficient furniture and refrigerator should be kept in the store.
  6. Stores with air conditioning facilities will be given higher preference.
  7. Pharmacist in concern should be qualified with a Diploma in Pharmacy or with a Bachelor in Pharmacy.
  8. The store should have two display boards – one being horizontal and the other being vertical. The boards should clearly display the Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India (BPPI) Logo, design and colour combination.
  9. The store should have computer, printer, internet on which the web based software will be loaded. An unlimited internet connection is preferred. Minimum configuration of computer should be Pentium IV/Dual Core Processor, 1 GB RAM (2 GB preferable), 80GB HDD, TVSE MSP 240/250 series 80 column Dot matrix printer (Recommended) and 500 VA UPS while minimum software requirements are Windows XP/ Vista /Windows 7 (32 bit)/Windows 8 Operating System – Windows 7 (32 bit) and Anti-virus software Internet connection – 512kbps. While these are minimum requirements, inspection authorities may ask for more requirements or better quality of existing requirements.
  10. Depending on the size of the store, there should be sufficient staff and manning to provide smooth service.
  11. The applicant for the JAS should have adequate licences including but not limited to Pharmacy licence, Shop Licence, other application government licences. They should also have Sale Tax and VAT numbers for processing sales and requisite PAN and TAN numbers.

Ethics of a Jan Aushadhi Store

  1. Store should be open from morning 8 am and should not close before 8 pm. 24 hours opening will be more preferred. Store keeper can have lunch in between 1 pm to 2 pm only. Other staff should preferably be present so that somebody is always there to dispense medicines.
  2. All medicines should be given with a bill. No other software is required or be used. Everything will be done through the web based software only.
  3. Store should have adequate electricity back up to support the internet services and computer and related hardware. This will help the store to run even in absence of power. Certain areas may have back up issues with Local Area Network Server Backups. In
    such a case alternate internet services should be kept available.
  4. The premises should always be clean and hygienic.
  5. Medicines should be procured only from authorised agents and super stockists.
  6. The applicant must keep aside an amount of Rs. 3 Lakh for the procurement of supplies in the store.
  7. No banned drug should be ever sold from the store.

Application procedure is presented in this Document: http://janaushadhi.gov.in/data/GuidlinesJAS.pdf

Benefits of running a Jan Aushadhi Store

Applicants will benefit by selling only government approved, low cost medicines and thus will be in a position to be confident of what they are selling. Moreover, there is a retail margin of 16%. Moreover, the Government has also arranged an sales incentive which is equivalent to 10% of monthly sales, to a maximum of Rs. 10,000 per month. Incentive rate in North India is 15% to a maximum of 15,000 per month. The incentive is being given and valid up to 1st year of opening the Jan Aushadhi Store.

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