New Delhi: Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Tuesday released a Revised National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM), in which 384 medicines have been included and 26 have been removed from the previous list.
In addition, many antibiotics, vaccines and anti-cancer drugs added to the list will become more affordable.
Union Health Minister Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya released the National List of Essential Medicines today
This list of 384 drugs has been updated after 2015. This is a very long process. There were 140 consultations with over 350 experts, he said. pic.twitter.com/3HIJNZKmat
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“This will promote cost-effective, quality medicines and contribute to reduction in out-of-pocket expenditure on health care for citizens,” the Union minister said in an official release.
This list is now updated after seven years from the year 2015. The Health Minister said that it is a very long process, several meetings were held in consultation with a large number of experts after which the new list has been finalised.
In his address during an event, the Union Minister said that these medicines will ensure accessibility, affordability and safety in the health sector of the country in the coming days. These will prove useful for PM Modi’s claim of affordable and availability of medicines.
According to the information, 384 new medicines have been included in this list of essential medicines. At the same time, the central government has removed 26 medicines from the list of outgoing medicines.
This step has been taken with the aim of providing better health services to the needy people.