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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 56-58

Essential medicine list 2011


1 Professor and Head, Department of Pharmacology, College of Medicine and JNM Hospital, WBUHS, Kalyani, West Bengal, India
2 Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, College of Medicine and JNM Hospital, WBUHS, Kalyani, West Bengal, India

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Ritesh Singh
Department of Community Medicine, College of Medicine and JNM Hospital, Kalyani - 741 235, West Bengal
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0975-9727.128947

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Medicines are as important as health care workers. In developing countries patients has to travel many miles before seeing a health care professional. Many times they cannot afford medicines prescribed by doctors. Thus, they feel that their interaction with the doctor was futile. Availability of medicines at the point of care is of utmost importance if the public health system of a country is to be strengthened. This increases the confidence of common people in public health system of the country. Due to monetary constraints all the required medicines cannot be given by the government free of cost to its people. There must be a priority list of medicine or otherwise called essential list of medicines. The government should ensure the availability of these medicines at each health post. These medicines are carefully chosen after much deliberation and assessing the health profile of the country. Government of India developed an essential list of medicine in 2011. The last such list was developed in 2003. This paper reviews the essential medical list 2011 of India.


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