New Delhi, Jan 4 (PTI) A total of 4,677 Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) Kendras were functional across the country by the end of 2018, providing quality generic medicines at affordable prices to the patients, Parliament was informed Friday. Also Read - Japanese Women's Team Pulls out of Asian Wrestling

Unbranded generic medicines worth Rs 417 crore have been sold through PMBJP Kendras from inception of the scheme till the end of December 2018, Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers Mansukh L Mandaviya said in reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha. Also Read - Depressed After Break Up, Man Tries to Open Delhi-Varanasi Flight's Emergency Door Mid-Air

“As on 31.12.2018, 4,677 ‘Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Pariyojana’ (PMBJP) Kendras are functional in 35 States/UTs of the country,” he said. Also Read - Man Beaten & Forced to Chant Slogans For Alleged Theft, Attacker Arrested After Video Goes Viral

Under the scheme, unbranded generic medicines of good quality are made available through PMBJP Kendras. In order to ensure quality of medicines sold through the Kendras, the medicines are procured only from WHO-GMP certified manufacturers, Mandaviya said.

The product basket of the scheme covers more than 800 medicines and 154 surgicals and consumables covering 23 major therapeutic groups such as anti-infectives, anti-diabetics, cardiovasculars, anti-cancers, gastro-intestinal medicines among others, he added.

“The maximum retail price (MRP) of a medicine sold through PMBJP outlets is fixed in such a way that it is at least 50 per cent below the average MRP of corresponding top three brands of that medicine,” Mandaviya said.

In some cases, the price is fixed at 90 per cent below the MRP of corresponding branded medicines, he added.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.