About Authors: Ashish Chauhan.
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences,
Lovely Professional University,
The essence of essential medicines underlies in satisfying the priority health care needs of the population. The selection of essential medicines is one of the core principles of a national medicine policy as it helps to set primacies for all the aspects of the pharmaceutical system and helps in the maintenance of a proficient healthcare system globally. Devising of essential medicines and national medicine policy is fast emerging as global concept of high relevance to the public irrespective of their nationalities. The prevalence of dreaded diseases like HIV, cancer, and a worldwide upsurge in case of malaria, tuberculosis and other infectious diseases with an addendum problem of multidrug resistance has further augmented the relevance of essential medicines and formulation of a rigid comprehensive national drug policy under the endorsement of WHO medicine strategy andimplementing the same under a complete implementation plan or master plan. This review emphasis the development and selection of essential medicines along with Indian scenario. This review also emphasis the mission, objectives, components, devising and implementation of essential medicine policy along with WHO tenets and regulations.