Home Drug and Medicine List of Essential Medicines for Basic Health Services in Nepal

The Government of Nepal provides 98 types of essential medicines free of cost at different health care facilities of Nepal. Here is the list of essential medicines which are available free of cost at different health care facilities; Basic Health Service Center/ Health Post, Primary Hospital and Primary Healthcare Centers.

List of Free Medicines

S. No.Medicine NameDosage formStrengthAvailabilityProcurement authority  
Basic Health Service Center/ Health PostPrimary Hospital/ Primary Healthcare CenterLocalProvinceFederal
1Acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin)Tablet75 mg  
2Adrenaline (epinephrine)Injection1mg in 1ml  
3AlbendazoleChewable Tablet400 mg  
Suspension200 mg/5ml  
4Aluminium hydroxide gel + Magnesium hydroxide (Antacid)Tablet250 mg+250mg  
5AmitriptylineTablet10 mg  
Tablet25 mg  
7AmoxicillinOral Tablet500 mg  
Power for oral suspension125mg/5ml, 100 ml  
Dispersible Tablets125 mg  
250 mg  
8AmpicillinPowder for IV/IM injection250 mg vial   
500 mg vial✓ (IMNCI)  
9Artemether + Lumefantrine (AL) (Artemisinin-based Combination Therapy – ACT)Tablet20mg+120 mg    
10ArtesunateInjection60 mg ampoules  
11AtropineInjection0.6mg in 1 ml ampoule  
12AzithromycinTablet250 mg  
Tablet500 mg  
13BCG VaccineInjection0.05 ml/dose  
14Benzathine benzylpenicillinPowder for Injection1200000 IU   
15CalamineLotion15% wv 30 ml  
16Calcium gluconateInjectionInj 1g per 10ml✓ (Birthing Centre only)  
Oral liquidOral liquid 100mg/5ml  
19CeftriaxonePowder for Injection250mg/vial   
Powder for Injection500mg/vial   
Powder for Injection1gm w/vial   
20Cetirizine HCLTablet10mg  
21Charcoal, activatedpowder in sachet10g  
22Chlorhexidine (CHX)SolutionSolution, 0.2% oral 50 ml  
Ointment4%, 5gm  
23Chloroquine (CQ)Tablet150mg  
24CiprofloxacinTablet250 mg  
Tablet500 mg  
Eye/Ear drops0.3% w/v, 5ml  
Eye ointment0.3%, 5g  
Injection200 mg/100ml   
25ClotrimazoleSkin cream1%, 25 g  
Vaginal Tablets100mg  
Mouth paint1% w/v, 15 ml  
26Clove OilLiquid5ml  
27CloxacillinCapsules250 mg  
Capsules500 mg  
Powder for oral liquid12mg/5 ml in 100 ml  
28Combined Oral Contraceptive (COC)Tablet30 pills, 21 pills, containing 150 mcg levonorgestrel and 30 mcg ethinylestradiol and 7 pills containing iron  
29Cotrimoxazole (Sulphamethoxazole and Trimethoprim 5:1)Tablets400 mg + 80 mg  
Tablets800 mg + 160mg  
Syrup200mg + 40mg/5m, 50 ml  
30Dapsone, Clofazimine, Rifampicin (MDT Combi Pack)TabletMB adult blister pack, MB Chld blister pack (a/c to DOTS Program)  
31DexamethasoneInjection4mg in 1ml ampoule   
32Dextrose (glucose)Injection/solution5%, 500ml    
25% of 50 ml Amp✓ (Birthing Centre only)  
33DiazepamInjection2ml amp (5ml/ml)  
34Diclofenac SodiumTablet50 mg  
Injection3ml ampoule (25mg/ml)  
36Ferrous sulphate and folic acidTablet60 mg elemental iron plus 400 mcg folic acid✓ (Birthing Centre only)  
37FIPV VaccineInjection0.1 ml  
38FluconazoleCapsule150 mg  
39FluoxetineCapsule20 mg  
40Folic acidTablet5 mg  
41FurosemideTablet40 mg  
42GentamicinInjection40 mg/ml in 2ml✓ (IMNCI)  
43Gentian VioletAqueous solution1%, 10 ml  
45HPV VaccineInjection0.5ml/ dose  
46HRZETabletCombination medication; H-INH, R- Rifampicin, Z- Pyrazinamide, E- Ethambul A/c to DOTS program  
47HydrocortisonePowder for Injection100 mg in vial   
48Hyoscine butylbromideInjection20 mg/ml  
Tablet10 mg  
Syrup100 mg/5ml  
50Japanese Encephalitis InjectionInjection0.5ml/dose  
51Levonorgestrel (LNG)Implantimplant (2 rods, 75 mg each) Tab0.75 mg (2-tablet pack)  
52Lignocaine hydrochlorideInjection2% in vial, 30ml  
53Lignocaine with adrenaline 1:10,000Injection2% plus Adrenalin 1:10,000, 30 ml  
55Magnesium sulphateInjection500 mg/ml in 2 ml ampoule✓ (Birthing Centre only)  
56Measles-Rubella VaccineInjection0.5ml / dose  
57Medroxyprogesterone (Acetate DMPA)Injection150 mg/ml in 1 ml vial  
59MethyldopaTablet250 mg  
60MetoclopramideTablet10 mg  
Injection5mg/ml in 2 ml ampoule  
61MetronidazoleTablet200 mg  
Tablet400 mg  
Oral liquid200 mg/5ml, 90 ml  
Injection500 mg/100 ml   
62Mifepristone + MisoprostolTabletComb pack includes 200 mg + 4 (200) mcg  
63MisoprostolTablet200 mcg  
64Neomycin SkinOintment2% w/w 10 gm  
65NifedipineTablet10 mg  
66NitrofurantionTablet100 mg  
67Normal Saline (NS)Solution0.9% infusion solution, 500 ml  
68OPV (Oral Polio Vaccine)Oral2 drop/dose  
69Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS)PowderWHO Formula sachet/liters  
70OxygenInhalationMedical gas  
71OxymetazolineNasal drop0.025%, 10 ml  
0.05% 10 ml  
72OxytocinInjection10 IU/ml✓ (Birthing Centre only)  
73ParacetamolInjection150 mg/ml in 2ml ampoule  
Tablet500 mg  
Syrup125mg/5ml, 50 ml  
74PCV Vaccine (Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine)Injection0.5 ml  
75Pentavalent vaccine (DPT, Hep B and Hemophilus Influenza B)Injection0.5ml  
76PermethrinLotion1% 100ml  
Cream5% w/v 30 g  
77PheniramineInjection22.75mg/ml 2ml  
78PhenobarbitalTablet30 mg   
Injection100 mg/ml   
79Povidone iodineSolution5% w/v 500 ml  
80Pralidoxime SodiumInjection500 mg, 20 ml  
10 mg  
20 mg  
82PrimaquineTablet7.5 mg  
84RanitidineTablet150 mg  
Injection25mg/ml in 2 ml ampoule  
85Ringer’s Lactate (RL)Solution500 ml  
86RisperidoneTablet1 mg  
2 mg  
87Rotavirus VaccineInjection1.5 ml  
88SalbutamolSolution for nebulization1 mg/ml of 15 ml  
Oral Liquid2mg/5ml  
MDI100 mcg  
89Silver SulfadiazineCream0.2% w/v 15g  
90Tetanus diphtheria (Td) booster vaccineInjection0.5ml/dose  
91Tetanus Toxoid (TT)Injection0.5ml/dose  
92TetracyclineEye ointment1%, 5g  
94Sodium ValporateTablet200 mg  
95Vitamin ACapsule200,000 IU  
50,000 IU  
96Vitamin B complexTabletThiamine 10 mg, riboflavin 10 mg, pyridoxine 3 mg, cyanocobalamin 15 mcg (Therapeutic dose)  
97Vitamin K1Injection1mg/0.5 ml  
98Zinc sulphateDispersible tablets10 mg  
20 mg✓ (IMNCI)  
List of free medicines in Nepal

Medicine Name

  1. Acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin)
  2. Adrenaline (epinephrine)
  3. Albendazole
  4. Aluminum hydroxide gel + Magnesium hydroxide (Antacid)
  5. Amitriptyline
  6. Amlodipine
  7. Amoxicillin
  8. Ampicillin
  9. Artemether + Lumefantrine (AL) (Artemisinin-based Combination Therapy – ACT)
  10. Artesunate
  11. Atropine
  12. Azithromycin
  13. BCG Vaccine
  14. Benzathine benzylpenicillin
  15. Calamine
  16. Calcium gluconate
  17. Carbamazepine
  18. Cefixime
  19. Ceftriaxone
  20. Cetirizine HCL
  21. Charcoal, activated
  22. Chlorhexidine (CHX)
  23. Chloroquine (CQ)
  24. Ciprofloxacin
  25. Clotrimazole
  26. Clove Oil
  27. Cloxacillin
  28. Combined Oral Contraceptive (COC)
  29. Cotrimoxazole (Sulphamethoxazole and Trimethoprim 5:1)
  30. Dapsone, Clofazimine, Rifampicin (MDT Combi Pack)
  31. Dexamethasone
  32. Dextrose (glucose)
  33. Diazepam
  34. Diclofenac Sodium
  35. Doxycycline
  36. Ferrous sulphate and folic acid
  37. FIPV Vaccine
  38. Fluconazole
  39. Fluoxetine
  40. Folic acid
  41. Furosemide
  42. Gentamicin
  43. Gentian Violet
  44. Glimepiride
  45. HPV Vaccine
  46. HRZE
  47. Hydrocortisone
  48. Hyoscine butylbromide
  49. Ibuprofen
  50. Japanese Encephalitis Injection
  51. Levonorgestrel (LNG)
  52. Lignocaine hydrochloride
  53. Lignocaine with adrenaline 1:10,000
  54. Losartan
  55. Magnesium sulphate
  56. Measles-Rubella Vaccine
  57. Medroxyprogesterone (Acetate DMPA)
  58. Metformin
  59. Methyldopa
  60. Metoclopramide
  61. Metronidazole
  62. Mifepristone+ Misoprostol
  63. Misoprostol
  64. Neomycin Skin
  65. Nifedipine
  66. Nitrofurantion
  67. Normal Saline (NS)
  68. OPV (Oral Polio Vaccine)
  69. Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS)
  70. Oxygen
  71. Oxymetazoline
  72. Oxytocin
  73. Paracetamol
  74. PCV Vaccine (Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine)
  75. Pentavalent vaccine (DPT, Hep B and Hemophilius Influenza B)
  76. Permethrin
  77. Pheniramine
  78. Phenobarbital
  79. Povidone iodine
  80. Pralidoxin Sodium
  81. Prednisolone
  82. Primaquine
  83. Pyridoxine
  84. Ranitidine
  85. Ringer’s Lactate (RL)
  86. Risperidone
  87. Rotavirus Vaccine
  88. Salbutamol
  89. Silver Sulfadiazine
  90. Tetanus diphtheria (Td) booster vaccine
  91. Tetanus Toxoid (TT)
  92. Tetracycline
  93. Tinidazole
  94. Sodium Valproate
  95. Vitamin A
  96. Vitamin B complex
  97. Vitamin K1
  98. Zinc sulphate

List of surgical items

S. No.ParticularsUnitSpecificationAvailabilityProcurement authority
Basic Health Service Center/ Health PostPrimary Hospital/ Primary Healthcare CenterLocal LevelProvinceFederal
1Absorbent cottonRollNet 400 gm  
2Adhesive TapeRoll4″  
4CatgutPacketcatgut 2.0  
5Chlorine powderPacket200G/Sachet  
6Condom (Male)Packet   
7Disposable syringesPacket3ml, 5ml  
9I and D setPacket   
10IV cannulaPacket18/20/24 g  
11IV setPacketDifferent sizes  
12PhenolBottle500 ml  
13Rectified spiritBottle500 ml  
14Rubber catheterpacketDifferent sizes  
15SilkPacketsilk 2.0  
16surgical bladepacketDifferent sizes  
17Surgical gloves (Disposal)Pairs6.5,7  
18Suture setPacket   
Note: Suture set contains straight artery forcef, curve artery forcef, sponge holding forcef, tooth forcef, needle holder, bowel 100ml and eye towel. Similarly, I and D set inclues artery forcef, scapel, bowel 100ml, sponge holding forcef and eye towel

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