The National List of Essential Medicines
(NLEM) is one of the key instruments in healthcare delivery system of a country which inter aliaincludes accessible, affordable quality medicine at all the primary, secondary, tertiary levels of healthcare.
Out of these, 74 (68.52%) drugs are from the WHO EML and 89 (82.41%) drugs are from National List of Essential Medicines
(NLEM) in government sector, while 81 (47.37%) drugs are from the WHO EML and 89 (52.05%) drugs are from NLEM in Private sector [Table 1].
27 (Saba) - A workshop for updating the national list of essential medicines
, organized by the Supreme Board of Drugs and Medical Appliances (SBDMA) and the National Drug Supply Program in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO), was concluded on Thursday in Sanaa.
The Times of India reported that while the government holds the exclusive power to regulate the prices of essential medicines featured on the National List of essential medicines
, there is an upper cap currently in place.
Healthcare activists say that India needs to expand its list of medicines in the so-called National List of Essential Medicines
(NLEM) to improve access as the drugs that are under price caps now don't adequately address healthcare needs.
Under the programme, 348 drugs under the National List of Essential Medicines
are to be provided free from 1.6 lakh sub-centres, 23,000 primary health centres, 5,000 community health centres and 640 district hospitals by the end of the programme.
The slower growth in the forecast period is mainly due to the reduction in the price of leading marketed products for breast cancer, colorectal cancer, lung cancer and NHL after all 348 drugs on the National List of Essential Medicines
(NLEM) are brought under price control regulations.
It will be important to ensure that asthma medicines are also included in national list of essential medicines
so that adequate resources and programming can be invested in it.
After inclusion of National List of Essential Medicines
(NLEM), 2011 in the Schedule-I of DPCO, 2013, NPPA fixed the ceiling prices of 530 scheduled formulations.
Percentage of medicines prescribed which are from the essential medicines list or formulary list: Percentage, calculated by dividing the number of products prescribed which are listed on the essential drugs list, the National List of Essential Medicines
(NLEM) 2015 by the total number of products prescribed, multiplied by 100.
The NPPA has notified pharma producers to adapt the ceiling prices of 662 medicines that are listed within the amended Schedule-I of DPCO 2013 (National List of Essential Medicines
NPPA has imposed price ceilings on 509 formulation packs covering 348 drugs classified under the National List of Essential Medicines
. But health and pharmacological experts estimate that the total number of medicine formulations available in India runs into thousands covering more than 1,400 drugs.