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NLEM drug shortages: There should be a centralized system for reporting drug shortages

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The National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM) contains drugs that are considered to be most effective and safe to meet the most important needs in a health system. The drugs are selected on the basis of the disease burden in the country including what is of immediate concern. Medicines in NLEM are listed with reference to all levels of healthcare: Primary (P), Secondary (S) and Tertiary (T).The list was last updated in 2015, which now contains a total of 376 medicines. In 2016, cardiac stents were added to the list.Shortages of drugs, especially those in the NLEM, therefore are a cause of concern.Few days back, there was a shortage of syrup furosemide, a life saving drug for children with heart failure. About two years back, there was a shortage of two drugs in the market, d-penicillamine (DPEN). D-penicillamine is used to treat patients with Wilson’s disease (copper overloa...
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