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WHO Adds 28 Drugs To Essential Medicines List

Reuters: WHO keeps key lung cancer drugs off its essential medicines list
“The world’s master list of recommended medicines got an update on Tuesday when the World Health Organization (WHO) published a biennial revision, adding 28 drugs including an abortion pill but leaving out several breakthrough treatments for lung cancer. The WHO’s Essential Medicines List, which includes treatments that the WHO regards as global standards that should be available everywhere, aims to help governments make the best choices for their health systems…” (Miles/Miller, 7/9).

Additional coverage of the updated essential medicines and diagnostic lists is available from Becker’s Hospital Review, CIDRAP News, and U.N. News.