106 Drugs added to essential medical list

The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has vide a notification dated 23rd December, 2015 accepted & adopted with immediate effect the National List of Essential Medicines (“NLEM”), 2015 prepared by the core committee constituted by the Health Ministry. The core committee was setup for reviewing & revising the NLEM, 2011 which submitted its report to the Government on 9th December, 2015.

Essential medicines are those that satisfy the priority health care needs of the population & are listed with reference to the levels of healthcare, i.e. primary, secondary & tertiary which are based on the country’s disease burden, priority health concerns, affordability concerns etc. The NLEM, 2015 has been prepared adhering to the basic principles of efficacy, safety, cost-effectiveness & consideration of diseases as per the public health problems in India.

The NLEM, 2011 contained 348 medicines of which 70 medicines have now been deleted & a total of 106 medicines have been added to prepare NLEM, 2015 which now contains a total of 376 medicines. The 106 drugs include drugs for Cancer, HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C.

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