Government launches national list of essential medicines
The Health Ministry has released a new National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM), in which 384 medicines have been included.
IMPORTANT FACTS -
- In the list of 384 medicines, 34 new medicines have been included in the list of essential medicines.
The NLEM 2022 contains 384 medicines as compared to 376 in NLEM, 2015.
The drugs are now classified into 27 therapeutic categories.
What is National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM) ?
Essential medicines are those that meet the primary health care needs on the basis of efficacy, safety, quality and total cost of treatment.
The primary objective of NLEM is to promote rational use of drugs considering three important aspects viz., cost, safety and efficacy.
It is based on the concept that a limited list of carefully selected drugs will improve the quality of health care, provide cost-effective health care and better manage medicines.
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