A scheme named "Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana" (PMBJP) is being implemented by the Government of India to make drugs affordable for the common man in all the PMBJP Kendras.
Stating the figures, Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Chemicals & Fertilizers, Mansukh L. Mandaviya, said that currently, 3,028 PMBJP Kendras are functional in 33 States/Union Territories of the country. Apart from this scheme, the Government also regulates the prices of drugs under the Drugs (Price Control) Order, 2013 (DPCO, 2013). Answering a separate question raised in the Rajya Sabha, the Minister said that the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority fixes the ceiling prices of medicines listed in the Schedule - I of Drugs (Prices Control) Order, 2013 (DPCO, 2013). Till December 2017, the government has fixed the ceiling prices of 851 medicines (including 2 coronary stents) under Revised Schedule - I based on National List of Essential Medicines, 2015.