New Delhi: An Indian pharmacist and his colleague have started a new business, which will allow him to make free prescriptions to customers for free.
The company, called Free Pharmacy, is one of several companies in the country offering free pharmacy services to the general public.
The idea came about when Dr. Shrikant Mehta of Shukla, a local hospital, found that a lot of people in the neighbourhood were unable to find their own pharmacy.
Mehta realised that his colleague Dr. Rajendra Bhatia and his staff could be the answer.
Bhatia was the president of the local Pharmacy Association, a private body that regulates the country’s private pharmacy sector, when the two met in December 2015.
“When I realised that we could help people find their local pharmacy, I decided to take a stab at it,” Mehtas told The Hindu.
He approached the government to find out how to offer free prescription services to citizens.
Bharat Chemists, a company based in Maharashtra, has also offered free medication and tests to residents in the area for the last 10 years.
With free services to be provided to the public, Dr. Mehtachs plans to open Free Pharmary within the next few months.
“We want to build a brand with the same quality that the government has, and offer free medicines for all citizens,” he said.
The idea was first floated by the local government in the region of Shorli in Maharashtra.
A community health worker at Shorlis government hospital was able to provide free medication for a few days.
Within two months, Free Pharmace had registered itself in the local registrar’s records.
It has also become the subject of media interest.
In the past two months alone, Mehtakas and his team have taken out two registrations for free prescriptions and two registrations to register their own business, with the government of Maharashtra.
Free Pharmacy will be a small pharmacy located at the Shorlil police station in the city.
While Free Pharmacies is the name of the business, it is also the brand, which is meant to reflect the company’s brand identity.
In order to be registered with the Registrar of Companies in the state of Maharashtra, the business must register with the local authority.
To do this, the company has registered itself with the Maharashtra Consumer Protection Board, a public body that investigates consumer complaints.
This ensures that it can be easily identified by the public and provide them with the services that they are looking for.
According to Mehtac, the aim is to help citizens in the locality get medication at the right price, and provide an opportunity for people to access medicines for free through a small company.
However, the process of registration with the board is difficult, especially for those who are not residents of the locality, Mehts statement said.
For now, Mehan has set up a website to educate the public about the new pharmacy.
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