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WHO Adds New Hepatitis C, Cancer, TB Drugs To Essential Medicines List, Encourages More Accessible Pricing

Reuters: WHO adds hepatitis C drugs to essential list, urges lower prices
“The World Health Organization has added new curative treatments for hepatitis C to its essential medicines list, but the U.N. agency said prices needed to fall to make them accessible to patients in poorer countries…” (Hirschler, 5/8).

WHO: WHO moves to improve access to lifesaving medicines for hepatitis C, drug-resistant TB and cancers
“WHO [on Friday] published the new edition of its Model List of Essential Medicines which includes ground-breaking new treatments for hepatitis C, a variety of cancers (including breast cancer and leukemia), and multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (TB), among others. The move opens the way to improve access to innovative medicines that show clear clinical benefits and could have enormous public health impact globally…” (5/8).

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