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Karunya Community Pharmacy

Kerala Medical Services Corporation Ltd started its first Karunya Community Pharmacy at Medical College, Thiurvananthapuram on January, 2012 with objective to provide the public, branded medicines at affordable price. As per G.O. No. 186/2012/H&FWD dtd 19/06/2012, more Karunya Community Pharmacies were opened,  at government health facilities like medical colleges, general hospitals, district hospitals etc., and now there are 70 Karunya Community Pharmacies and 6 Karunya Medicne Depots, throughout Kerala; including the pharmacies at Sabarimala operated during Makaravilakku festival.

Karunya Community Pharmacies distribute medicines at a discounted rate of 10% -93% from maximum retail price (MRP). At present, being a major player in the pharma business in Kerala; Karunya Community Pharmacies could curb the exploitation of middle-men and private medical shops; and thus control the market price of medicines to a certain extent.

Turnover of Karunya Communtiy Pharmacies

Financial Year

Turnover (in Crores)

2016-2017

184

2017-2018

243

2018-2019

305

2019-2020

391

 

Projects Executed through Karunya

Medicine distribution utilizing funds of local self governments.

Distribute medicines to health facilities managed by local self governments, for eg. Public Health Centres (PHC), Community Health Centres (CHC) etc. through Karunya. There are dedicated Karunya medicine depots at Kollam and Thrissur districts for effecting this distribution.

Financial Year

Medicine distribution utilizing LSGD Funds (Crores)

2016-2017

25.7

2017-2018

                           38.7

2018-2019

40.4

2019-2020

27.0

2020-2021 (5 Months )

6.9

  

Medicine Distribution Utilizing Karunya Benevolent Fund (KBF)

Distributed medicines worth 135 Cr to Haemophilia patients through Karunya Outlets and door delivered medicines worth 9.68 Cr to kidney patients.

 Projects executed with Social Justice Department 

·       Vayomithram – Distribution of medicines to vayomithram units across Kerala

·       Integrated Child Development Scheme – Distribution of medicines and equipments to Anganwadis situated in14 districts.

·       Mittayi –  Distribution of medicines and equipments to Type -1 diabetes affected children and adolescents.

·       Vayomadhuram – Distribution of glucometers and strips to diabetes affected senior citizens in all the 14 districts.

Major projects executed with National Health Mission

Sl No.

Project

1.

Non Communicable Diseases (NCD)

2.

Sub Centre Kits

3.

SWAAS Project

4.

National Mental Health Project

5.

Delivery & C- Section Kit

6.

Ardram Mission

Furthermore, Karunya Community Pharmacies cater to different projects executed by Department of Health Services, Kerala Aids Control Society, Regional Cancer Centre and Employees State Insurance Corporation.

 Kerala Medical Services Corporation distributed medicines and equipments worth 2.4 cr during the Nipah virus epidemic through Karunya.

For fighting against Corona Virus, Kerala Medical Services Corporation have stored medicines and equipments worth approximately 184 Cr through Karunya.