Under the NLEM Union Government brings 376 drugs


Under the National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM) the Union Government has added 106 drugs including that of HIV/AIDS, Cancer and Hepatitis C. NLEM has been revised by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s core committee regarding to this.

  • Former secretary of Department of Health Research V. M. Katoch has headed the committee.
  • According to modification 106 essential medicines and deletion of 70 medicines are added.
  • Total number of essential medicines from earlier 348 medicines list has been gone up to 376 with this.
  • According to this this move will ensure their availability across the country at affordable prices.
  • The World Health Organization (WHO’s) has approved 2015 list of essential drugs and medicines that satisfies the priority healthcare needs of people and ensure affordability.

Essential medicines are

  • Essential medicines are those which satisfy the priority health care which are necessary for the country’s population.
  • They are listed in levels as primary, secondary and tertiary with the reference.
  • Usually they are based on the country’s disease burden, priority health concerns, affordability concerns etc.
  • The essential medicines are decides in India NLEM (formed in 2011).
  • It is reviewed in every 3 year and it includes or excludes drugs as relevant to the newest medical innovations and aligned to the current market competition.
  • National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) under the Drug order 2013, its ceiling prize essential medicines by the Union Ministry of Chemical and Fertilizer

- Published/Last Modified on: December 29, 2015