Sri Lankan Essential Medicines List, 2006
(2006; 45 pages)

Abstract

The review of the National Essential Medicines list 1999 was overdue in context of the rapidly changing evidence based knowledge on therapeutic products. Furthermore in spite of Ministry of Health spending SLR 4000 and 6000 billion in 2004 and 2005 respectively, unavailability of essential medicines was a frequent problem in the public sector. In 2004 the Director General of Health Services appointed an expert committee to select essential medicines on the basis of efficacy, safety and sustainability.

 
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