Tough Decisions on Essential Medicines in 2015 (Bull World Health Organ 2015;93:283–284)
(2015; 2 pages)


In 1977, the World Health Organization (WHO) published its first Model List of Essential Medicines.1 This year, the Expert Committee for the Selection and Use of Medicines will consider requests to include high-cost medicines for cancer, hepatitis C, multidrug-resistant tuberculosis and new oral anticoagulants on the model list. These applications challenge perceptions of essential medicines and raise questions about how to address issues of cost and affordability for countries when making decisions at the global level.

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