Essential medicines have been defined by World Health Organization (WHO) as “those that satisfy the priority health care needs of the population”. These medicines are selected with regard to public health relevance, evidence on efficacy and safety, and comparative cost-effectiveness, Careful and prudent selection of limited range of essential medicines help in higher quality of care, better drug management, value added supply chain, rational use, availability and cost effectiveness of health resources.

This list has been approved and published and is aligned with the main objectives of the National Drug Policy 1995 i.e., to ensure the availability and affordability of efficacious, safe and good quality medicines relevant to the quality healthcare needs and service of the people in a sustainable and equitable manner and to promote the rational use of medicines by healthcare professionals and consumers.

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