Essential Drug List:
According to WHO,
Essential medicines are those that satisfy the priority health care needs of the population, available round the year, in sufficient dosage forms and a price lowest to the community.
Criteria for Selection of Essential Medicines:
Selection of medicines or drugs is based upon;
- Disease prevalence
- Evidence on efficacy and safety
- Comparative cost-effectiveness
Essential Medicines Lists:
WHO has provided some model list of essential medicine lists which has been accepted globally. Currently published WHO essential medicine list was published in 2011. You can download latest updated essential model list of drugs/medicines by clicking following link.
- WHO Expert Committees on the Selection and Use of Essential Medicines
- The Interagency List of Essential Medicines for Reproductive Health (2006) (1053 Kb)
ADULTS — 16th edition (March 2009 — Update March 2010)
CHILDREN — Second edition (March 2009 — Update March 2010)
ADULTS — 15th edition (March 2007)
CHILDREN — 1st edition (October 2007)
ADULTS — 14th edition (March 2005)
ADULTS — 12th edition (April 2002)
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