Along with the rapid growth in the Jan Aushadhi stores, there are a slew of quality issues. In 2011, 11 drugs were recalled over quality issues and in the first first months of this year, another 11 drugs have been recalled with five recalls taking place just this month.
In a bid to provide cheaper drugs, the UPA government launched the scheme called "Jan Aushadhi" in 2008. Under the Modi government, this scheme has been rechristened as the "Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Yojana" and has seen rapid growth.
From 2008 to 2014, a mere 100 drugs were sold under this scheme at subsidised rates, but in the last three years, 632 medications and 132 consumables are being sold at "Jan Aushadhi" stores.
The stores saw a turnover of just Rs 3 crore in 2008 but last financial year, the turnover had grown multi-fold to Rs 74 crore.