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The government updates the list of necessary medications with 34 new pharmaceuticals.

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Peeyush Ghalot
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The National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM) 2022 was updated with 34 additional medications on Tuesday by the Union Health Ministry. The new list now includes 384 medications. The previous list, which was last revised in 2015, lost a total of 26 medications. The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority controls drug prices in the NLEM. Endocrine medications, contraceptives, Fludrocortisone, Ormeloxifene, Insulin Glargine, Teneliglitin, ophthalmological drug Latanoprost, cardiovascular drug Dabigatran, and Tenecteplase are among the new medications on the list. The four patented medications in the new NLEM are bedaquiline, delamanid (for TB), dolutegravir, and daclatasvir. The list also contains Buprenorphine, nicotine replacement therapy, and psychotherapy medications. Antacids, Ranitidine, Sucralfate, White Petrolatum, Atenolol, and Methyldopa are a few of the 26 medications that were removed from the list. Safety issues led to the removal of these medications from the list. Mansukh Mandaviya, the union health minister, described the NLEM 2022 list as a step toward ensuring access to inexpensive healthcare. The main goals of NLEM are to encourage the sensible use of medications, aid in the best use of healthcare budget and resources, and support the development of pharmaceutical policies.

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