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National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM) 2022

Published on September 16, 2022
Current Context: Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya, launched the National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM) 2022.
National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM) 2022
  • A total of 384 drugs were included in this NLEM 2022 list with the addition of 34 drugs, while 26 from the previous list were dropped.
  • The notable names which were added to the list are Ivermectin and Mupirocin, while common gastrointestinal medicines Ranitidine and Sucralfate have been dropped.
  • The NLEM 2022 categorized the medicines into 27 therapeutic categories.
  • The NLEM 2022 also includes 4 drugs that are still under patent. The medicines used in the treatment of multiple MDR-TB, Bedaquiline and Delamind; medicine used against HIV infection, Dolutegravir; and Daclatasvir used in treating Hepatitis C were kept on the list.
  • The National List of Essential Medicines was compiled for the first time in 1996. The NLEM 2022 is the 5th compilation as the list was it has been thrice before in 2003, 2011, and 2015.


Q.1 The total drugs included in the National List of Essential Medicines 2022 are?
a. 284
b. 384
c. 484
d. 584
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