HLL Opens First AMRIT Pharmacy in Kerala


Thiruvananthapuram: Stepping up its efforts to provide medical services at affordable cost to the people, HLL Lifecare Limited (HLL) has opened two of its ventures here for the first time – an AMRIT outlet and a Hindlabs blood donation centre.

R P Khandelwal, CMD, HLL inaugurated AMRIT (Affordable Medicines and Reliable Implants for Treatment) outlet at Pulayanarkotta, and Hindlabs’ blood donation centre near General Hospital Junction, here the other day.

“AMRIT pharmacy at Pulayanarkotta offers 10 per cent to 40 per cent discount from the MRP for all items it provides,  including medicines (branded and generic), surgical consumables, cosmetics, baby food, skincare products, medical devices, instruments etc.,” Khandelwal said.

“The primary goal of AMRIT is to make available and accessible, at very affordable rates, all drugs, implants, surgical disposables that are not dispensed free of cost by hospitals,” he added.

A flagship programme of the Union Health Ministry that has completed its first year, AMRIT is being implemented through HLL which has been setting up pharmacies at major government hospitals across the country to dispense the medicines.

“HLL has started diagnostic clinics in other states, but the outpatient unit at the specialty clinic is the first of its kind in Thiruvananthapuram. Hindlabs offers consultation in the morning and evening by doctors specialised in various fields such as General Medicine, Diabetology, ENT, Gastroenterology, Gynaecology and Paediatrics,” Khandelwal said.

Hindlabs also provides diagnostics in various fields, including clinical biochemistry, clinical pathology, microbiology and molecular biology. They also provide echo cardiography, digital X-ray, TMT (treadmill test), pulmonary function tests (PFT), and ultrasound scanning facilities.