Govt may expand essential meds list, cut price of drugs - (The Economic Times via NewsPoints Desk)

  • The Indian government for the first time is considering revising the National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM) based on therapies for oncology, anti-infectives, diabetes, cardiology and respiratory ailments, among others, reported The Economic Times.

  • Sources said the government plans to revise the NLEM based on the World Health Organization's recently revised list of essential drugs, "which added 12 ground-breaking medicines for five cancer therapies to treat melanoma, lung, blood and prostate cancers," the news source said.

  • In addition, the government is also looking to address the issue of anti-microbial resistance by adding and removing key antibiotics from the existing list, sources said.

  • The Standing National Committee on Medicines held a stakeholders' consultation this week to deliberate on the revision of the existing NLEM, which is based on widely used formulations.

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