The updated list of essential drugs includes diabetes and anti-cancer drugs

NLEM has updated anti-microbials for the first time since 2015, taking into account the resistance pattern. This includes medications used in national missions, including bedaquiline, which is used to treat tuberculosis, as well as adding nicotine and two opioids for replacement therapy.

The updated list of essential drugs includes diabetes and anti-cancer drugs

The Union Health Ministry amended the National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM) on Tuesday. Four more anti-cancer medications have been added to the list, in addition to current diabetic medications including Teneligliptin and Glargine insulin.

Irinotecan HCI Trihydrate used either alone or in combination with other medications to treat colorectal and pancreatic cancers, Lenalidomide to treat a variety of cancers, and Leuprolide Acetate to treat prostate cancer are some of the new anti-cancer treatments. Bendamustine Hydrochloride is used to treat specific types of blood and lymph node cancers.

NLEM has updated antimicrobials for the first time since 2015, taking into account the resistance pattern. This includes medications used in national missions, including bedaquiline, which is used to treat tuberculosis, as well as adding nicotine and two opioids for replacement therapy. The NLEM sets the government's drug price cap and directs procurement policies. The amended list now includes 384 medications after 26 pharmaceuticals from the prior list were removed and 34 new drugs were added.