Message from CGHS Director regarding Indian and Imported medicines
Off late there are apprehensions on the orders issued on 25th August 2014. It is clarified that intention is not to deny the availability of essential medicines to CGHS beneficiaries. CGHS is committed to provide quality health care to its beneficiaries.
In the meantime, steps are initiated to allow medicines from existing formularies of ECHS, ESI & AIIMS also. Anti Cancer and other similar medicines are however supplied on a case to case basis. Only the medicines approved by DCGI for use in India shall be supplied. In case an Indian version is available, which is cheaper than the imported medicine, only the Indian medicine shall be supplied even if, an imported medicine has been prescribed.
CGHS has already set up a mechanism to update the formulary on continuous basis.