Making the List: The Role of Essential Medicines Lists In Reproductive Health
(2010; 4 pages)

Abstract

This comment examines the development of essential medicines lists—both the WHO model list and those compiled by individual countries. We discuss the place devices and medicines for reproductive health occupy on national lists and the importance of their inclusion in reducing the burden of disease attributable to reproductive health problems. We also review the process of establishing essential medicines lists, give examples of their use at the country level, and provide insight into their potential for ensuring access to medicines and devices for reproductive health. Our assessment draws on multiple sources of information, including WHO guidelines on essential medicines, data collected by individual countries, and work completed by WHO, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and PATH as part of our joint development of a guide to the essential medicines list selection process at the country level...

 
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