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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