Quality of essential medicine at public health care facilities of Nepal (Updated on July 02, 2018)



[Active] Data collection has been completed in Bhaktapur, Panchthar, Jhapa, Baglung, Solukhumbu and Baitadi districts.


May – October, 2018


NPR 5,200,000



This study is being conducted in 21 districts of Nepal. The selected districts include: Jhapa, Panchthar, Okhaldhunga, Solukhumbu, Saptari, Mahottari, Bhaktapur, Dhading, Rasuwa, Makwanpur, Lamjung, Tanahun, Mustang, Kapilvastu, Nawalparasi, Palpa, Baglung ,Rukum, Kalikot ,Kailali, Baitadi


Essential medicines are commonly prescribed and widely used in majority of health facilities of Nepal. Diminished quality of these medicines do not only impede the treatment of disease but also can cause serious impact in individual’s health. The issues on substandard and counterfeit medicines are increasing globally. The study on “Quality of drug and drug use pattern at different level of health care settings in Nepal” carried out in 2016 by Nepal Health Research Council has shown 5.23% of substandard medicines out of 172 brand tested including three essential medicines supplied at free of cost by Government of Nepal. In Nepal, many people report lack of effectiveness of freely supplied medicines at health facilities. There is dire need to identify whether this is just a prejudice of common people or quality of medicines is really being compromised. Thus, this study helps to assess the quality of essential medicines that are available free of cost at different health care facilities of Nepal.


To assess the quality of selected essential medicines in public health care facilities of Nepal.


This study will help to find out the quality of essential medicines available at different health facilities of Nepal.