NHIS’ Reviewed Medicines List 2014

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Wpid Nhis

June 30, 2014

NHIS
NHIS

The National Health Insurance Authority is pleased to inform you that the Hon. Minister of Health has approved the new NHIS Medicines List reviewed in consultations with stakeholders. The annual review is to ensure that prices of medicines on the list reflect market trends. The effective date for implementation is 1st July 2014.

 

Medicines prescribed to subscribers at NHIS-accredited health facilities are derived from this list which is based on the broad Ghana Essential Medicines List of the Ministry of Health and covers the benefit package of the NHIS.

 

Director of Research and Development at the NHIA, Mr OB Acheampong said ?the revised NHIS Medicines List contains five hundred and twenty-two (522) formulations of medicines. Three (3) medicines not on the previous list have been added to the new list, which reflect current treatment protocols, provide treatment options and ease the dispensing process.?

 

Artesunate injection 30mg, one of the three additions, has been introduced to cater for paediatric doses and prevent wastage after reconstitution. Cholera Replacement Fluid 1 Litre is added because it is cost effective and readily available than the 500mL, while Ciprofloxacin+ Tinidazole Tablet, 500mg+ 500mg has been added to the new list because the combined formulation is easier to administer than taking them separately.

 

Mr Acheampong noted that the review reflects an average of 37% upward adjustment of medicine prices in line with the current price changes.

 

The NHIA is especially grateful to all survey respondents in both the public and private sectors who provided pricing data for the review, stakeholders in the pharmaceutical industry, and members of the Medicines List Technical Committee for the key roles they played in the review. The NHIA also thanks its esteemed healthcare providers for their understanding during the period of the review.

 

Issued by:

 

Selorm Adonoo

 

Communications Manager

 

National Health Insurance Authority

 

Ridge, Accra

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