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India Increases Number Of Essential Medicines, Adding Treatments For HIV, Cancer, Hepatitis C

Reuters: India adds more cancer, HIV/AIDS drugs to essential medicines list
“India has revised its list of essential medicines to add drugs for diseases ranging from cancer and HIV/AIDS to hepatitis C, in a move aimed at making them more affordable. The update to the National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM) is just the third since it was compiled in 1996. It increased the list to 376 medicines from 348 and includes drugs ranging from analgesics and antivirals to contraceptives, cardiovascular and anti-tuberculosis drugs…” (Siddiqui, 12/24).