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Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr Mansukh Mandaviya launches National Lists of Essential Medicines

Newdelhi:13/9/22:Union Health Ministry is taking various steps under the vision of Hon. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi Ji towards Sabko Dawai, Sasti Dawai. In this direction, the National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM) plays an important role in ensuring the accessibility of affordable quality medicines at all levels of healthcare. This will give a boost to cost-effective, quality medicines and contribute towards a reduction in Out of Pocket Expenditure on healthcare for the citizens.” This was stated by Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare as he launched the National Lists of Essential Medicines (NLEM) 2022, here today.

384 drugs have been included in this list with the addition of 34 drugs, while 26 from the previous list have been dropped. The medicines have been categorized into 27 therapeutic categories

Speaking on the occasion, Union Health Minister stated that the “essential medicines” are those that satisfy the priority health care needs, based on efficacy, safety, quality, and total cost of the treatment. The primary purpose of NLEM is to promote the rational use of medicines considering the three important aspects i.e., cost, safety, and efficacy. It also helps in optimum utilization of healthcare resources and budget; drug procurement policies, health insurance; improving prescribing habits; medical education and training for UG/PG; and drafting pharmaceutical policies. In NLEM, the medicines are categorized based on the level of the healthcare system as P- Primary; S- Secondary, and T- Tertiary.

He elaborated that the concept is based on the premise that a limited list of carefully selected medicines will improve the quality of health care, provide cost-effective health care, and better management of medicines. He added that the NLEM is a dynamic document and is revised regularly considering the changing public health priorities as well as advancements in pharmaceutical knowledge. The National List of Essential Medicines was first formulated in 1996 and it was revised thrice earlier in 2003, 2011, and 2015. Revision of NLEM 2022 has been done after constant consultation with stakeholders spanning from academia, industrialists and public policy experts, etc., and crucial documents like WHO EML 2021.

The following criteria are followed for inclusion in NLEM:

  1.  be useful in diseases which is a public health problem in India
  2. be licensed/ approved Drugs Controller General (India) (DCGI)
  3. have proven efficacy and safety profile based on scientific evidence
  4. be comparatively cost-effective
  5. be aligned with the current treatment guidelines
  6. recommended under National Health Programs of India. (e.g. Ivermectin part of Accelerated Plan for Elimination of  Lymphatic Filariasis 2018).
  7. when more than one medicine is available from the same therapeutic class, one prototype/ medically best-suited medicine of that class is to be included.
  8. price of total treatment is considered and not the unit price of a medicine
  9. fixed dose combinations are usually not included
  10. vaccines as and when are included in Universal Immunization Program (e.g. Rotavirus vaccine).

NLEM 2022 can be accessed here:

https://cdsco.gov.in/opencms/opencms/system/modules/CDSCO.WEB/elements/download_file_division.jsp?num_id=OTAxMQ==

Shri Rajesh Bhushan, Union Health Secretary, Dr. V. G. Somani, DCGI, Dr. Mandeep Kumar Bhandari, Joint Secretary, Dr. Y K Gupta, Vice Chairman SNCM and other senior officials of the Ministry were present at the launch.

 

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