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The Inclusion of Patented Medicines in NLEM

The Inclusion of Patented Medicines in NLEM

The world has been actively reeling under the pressure of the greatest crisis humanity has ever witnessed in a long time- Sars Cov2, Coronavirus disease. With epicenters all across the premier countries in the world, the economic situation is in a complete whirlwind and diplomatic tensions simmering between the global superpowers with every country fighting the ill effects of the virus and trying to negate it in their way.

 

With the mad race for the production of the vaccine, scientists in every country are working day in day out to identify a vaccine strain that could not only stop the virus from replicating but also eradicate its existence from the body.

 

The National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM) is the national list for the drugs that are manufactured and distributed in the country for all kinds of diseases that occur in the human body. The list is comprehensive with the presence of drugs that have chemical components and relief measures for a variety of infections, blisters, and large-scale operative techniques.

There has been a call raised from the medical ethics community of the country to modify this list and bring about upgrades in the contents of this list. Several eminent medical practitioners all across the country have prescribed the inclusion of medicines with active microbial resistance properties that would help in eradicating viruses and influenza cells from the body. Newer medicines with properties to cure the most complicated diseases are also to be added to the list so that complete coverage can be ensured, and every reference point must be attended to.

With the medical structure in the country hanging in the balance and requiring a complete overhaul newer innovation must take place in the medicine manufacturing sectors so that such a calamity could be avoided in the future. Moreover, instead of staying off-guard, one could prepare for the eventualities beforehand. 

Many eminent medical institutions have also raised the call of including patented medicines and drugs in the National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM). The primary purpose of NLEM is bound to guide effective and safe treatment on the diseases and promote the rational use of medicine. Patented drugs refer not only to the registered medicines but also to those that are prescribed to the patients. Also, it is advertised on to increase the market sale in pharmaceutical shops.

Many industry experts who have been actively involved with the manufacturing and distributing of patented medicines have said that price regulation is an important factor. It has been said that governments must maintain a price ceiling above which no drugs could be sold in the market. Price regulation would actively promote the importance of patented medicines that help in solving human disorders and critical illnesses. It has been certified under the guidelines of WHO that safe and effective medical treatment can be rendered with the use of patented medicines. Thus active measures should be incorporated to include patented medicines in NLEM.

At the Stakeholders’ National Consultation for revision of the NLEM, the representative of the Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (OPPI) excluded patented drugs from the NLEM. The legal paperwork of excluding patented medicines as a category/class from the NLEM. However, the unwritten policy of excluding patented medicines as a category/class from the NLEM may have a detrimental impact on the right to health. The selection of medicine for inclusion in the EML cannot be determined by its patent status and there is no legal co-relation (linkage) between the two.

The SNCM should look at the selection of medicines for the NLEM not based on their patent status but whether they lead to better management, treatment outcomes, address unmet medical needs, and are those that meet the priority healthcare needs of the population.

Contradicting opinions have also been provided in this regard. Cancer and Diabetes have been the two most formidable challenges presented to the Indian Medical community in recent memory. However patented cancer drugs have been capped at an extremely high price in India which is beyond the reach of specific income earning sectors of the population. Thus the inclusion of patented medicines in NLEM must take a back step as of now according to a wide media of eminent medical industry professionals.

Different types and varieties of herbal drugs can be included in the sector for patented drugs as they have medicinal properties to cure complicated diseases and symptoms. Authorities have had a split decision when it comes to including patented drugs in the list for essential medicines. Some eminent industry experts have necessitated the need for including such drugs into the list on a priority basis. Importance must be allocated on the rationing of drugs appropriately so that each individual in the country has access to it.

Relevant structures should be established to ensure the smooth passage of the medicines from the manufacturing units to the vicinity of the consumers who can then make purchase and consumption decisions. Some other medical experts are of the view that before including a drug into the list for essential medicines its inherent patented nature should not be verified.

Rather more importance should be given to whether the medicinal drug can cure diseases and effective treatment patterns can be established using those drugs. Thus according to their opinion, it is very important to check the nature of the medicine and its healing capacities to lay importance on the chemical components used for manufacturing the medicine.

Conclusion

To conclude the article, the industry stakeholders and experts are specifically divided on the issue of the inclusion of patented drugs in NLEM 2020. However, government representatives mentioned that within the upcoming policy ‘patented medicines aren't considered for NLEM unless there's a strong/compelling reason to try to do so.

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