Hygeia journal for drugs and medicines


An Analytical Study of the Essential Medicine list of Kerala and Tamil Nadu

Hygeia.J.D.Med.6 (1) 2014; 40-47.


Lekshmi.S1*, Revi Kumar K.G2, Veena.R3, Mohanta G.P1, P.K.Manna1

1. Dept of Pharmacy, Annamalai University,Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, India 608002.
2. Al Shifa College of pharmacy, Kizhattur.Perinthalmanna, Malappuram, Kerala, India.
3. College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, MG UniversityEttumanoor, Kottayam, Kerala, India.

Article history: Received: 8 March 2013,   revised:   10 March 2014, accepted: 15 March 2014, Available online: 3 April 2014

Plan: Through this study, the authors have critically analyzed the Essential Medicine List of Tamil Nadu (TN-EML) and Essential Medicine List of Kerala (KL-EML) and compared them with National List of Essential Medicines India (NLEMI). A questionnaire which includes; how frequently the list is modified? What   are the criteria for addition and deletion of items? What method is adopted for the publication and popularization of the EML? What is the constitution of the Committee Entrusted with the responsibility of EML revision? Which state does have the highest number of items? How the list is categorized?  Are there obsolete items in the EML?Is the EML supported by Standard Treatment Guidelines?  Is there redundant exclusion of child friendly dosage forms of the items? , are planned to discuss in the present study.

Methodology: Analytical Study of Essential Medicine List of Tamil Nadu, Kerala in comparison with National List of Essential Medicines India.

Outcome: The KL-EML just lists all the essential medicines. It does not classify them into various therapeutic classes as done by TN-EML and NLEMI.  The common therapeutic categories include most of the drugs in all the 3 lists. There Is a need for certain add-on drugs like antidotes and pediatric dosage forms inTNEML and KL EML.

Keywords: Essential Medicine List (EML) , Kerala MedicalServices Corporation Ltd (KMSCL), Tamil Nadu Medical Services Corporation (TNMSC),National List of Essential Medicine India (NLEMI)

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Citation: Lekshmi.S*, Revi Kumar K.G, Veena.R, Mohanta G.P,P.K.Manna. An Analytical Study of the Essential Medicine list of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Hygeia.J.D.Med 2014; 6(1):40-47. Available from http://www.hygeiajournal.com / Article ID- Hygeia.J.D.Med/121/14.  DOI: 10.15254/H.J.D.Med.6.2014.121

Copyright@ 2014 Hygeia journal for drugs and medicines, 2229 3590, 0975 6221.
This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License.


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