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39 NEW MEDICINES ADDED TO THE NATIONAL LIST OF ESSENTIAL MEDICINES (NLEM)

39 NEW MEDICINES ADDED TO THE NATIONAL LIST OF ESSENTIAL MEDICINES (NLEM)

Context:

The government of India has released the revised list of National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM), in which it has added 39 drugs, removed 16 drugs. NLEM list is revised and the ceiling prices are fixed every 5 years. NLEM 2015, which was implemented in 2016 has ended in March 2021

Newly Added Medicines:

  • Most of the new drugs added to the list were anti-cancer like Azacitidine and Fludarabine antiretrovirals such as Dolutegravir, Darunavir+Ritonavir, anti-diabetes drugs like Teneligliptin and Insulin Glargine, tobacco cessation and addiction treatment drugs like nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), Buprenorphine ( opioid antagonists), Buprenorphine+Naloxone, new generation TB medications such as Bedaquiline and Delamanid and anti-allergy Montelukast.

The 39 New Drugs:

  • Included Amikacin (antibiotic), Azacitidine (anti-cancer), Bedaquiline (anti-TB), Bendamustine Hydrochloride (anti-cancer), Buprenorphine ( opioid antagonists), Buprenorphine+Naloxone (opioid antagonists), Cefuroxime (antibiotic), Dabigatran (anticoagulant),  Phenoxymethyl penicillin (antibiotic), Procaine Benzylpenicillin (antibiotic), Rotavirus vaccine, Secnidazole (anti-microbial), Teneligliptin (anti-diabetes), Tenofovir+Lamivudine+Dolutegravir (antiretroviral), Daclatasvir (antiviral), Insulin Glargine (anti-diabetes), Irinotecan HCL Trihydrate (anti-cancer), Itraconazole (antifungal), Ivermectin (anti-parasitic), Lamivudine (antiretroviral), Latanoprost (treat ocular hypertension), Lenalidomide (anti-cancer), Darunavir+Ritonavir (antiretroviral), Delamanid (anti-TB), Dolutegravir (antiretroviral), Fludarabine (anti-cancer), Fludrocortisone (corticosteroid), Fulvestrant (anti-cancer), Montelukast (anti-allergy), Mupirocin (topical antibiotic), Nicotine replacement therapy, Nitazoxanide (antibiotic), Ormeloxifene (oral contraceptive),Tenofovir+Alafenamide Fumarate (TAF) (antiretroviral), Terbinafine (antifungal), and Valganiclovir (antiviral).

The Deleted Drugs:

  • Alteplase (clot buster), Atenolol (anti-hypertension), Bleaching Powder, Cetrimide (antiseptic), Lamivudine+Nevirapine+Stavudine (antiretroviral), Leflunomide (antirheumatic), Nicotinamide (Vitamin-B), Erythromycin (antibiotic), Ethinylestradiol+Norethisterone (birth control), Ganciclovir (antiviral), Pegylated interferon alfa 2a, Pegylated interferon alfa 2b (antiviral), Pentamidine (antifungal), Prilocaine+Lignocaine (anesthetic), Rifabutin (antibiotic),Stavudine+Lamivudine (antiretroviral), and Sucralfate (anti-ulcer).

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