WHO Committee Updating Model Essential Medicines List

The EML is intended as a model to help countries develop their own lists to prioritize medicines useful in meeting health needs.

An expert committee working for the World Health Organization is meeting this week to update the Model Essential Medicines List, the agency announced April 8. The list is meant to assist countries in developing their own national lists and prioritizing medicines to meet their health needs. "It also plays an important advocacy role: inclusion in the EML highlights the potential impact of products; removal from the list can send a clear signal that a product is no longer appropriate," according to the agency.

"The EML is one of WHO's most important projects from the past 35 years," said Dr. Manica Balasegaram, executive director of Medécins Sans Frontiers' Access Campaign. "We use it as a tool to flag drugs for priority use. I would like to see it become an even stronger tool to serve developing countries, a tool for innovation and change."

WHO created the first Essential Drugs List in 1977 with 220 drugs listed. Since then the EML Expert Committee has met every two years to update the Model List. Any entity may propose an addition -- individuals, governments, pharmaceutical companies, or medical associations. They must provide evidence of the proposed drug's safety, efficacy, and cost-effectiveness and must show the medicine is essential to meeting priority health care needs and is available in adequate amounts.

The committee is reviewing the 17th Model Essential Medicines List, with an updated list expected to be available in the third quarter of 2013.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • Easy to Use Safety Incident App

    Record incidents on the go with IndustrySafe’s mobile app. Collect data for multiple types of incidents including including near misses, vehicle and environmental incidents, and employee and non-employee injuries; at job sites and remote locations—with or without web access.

  • Safety Training 101

    When it comes to safety training, no matter the industry, there are always questions regarding requirements and certifications. IndustrySafe is here to help. We put together a resource that’s easy to digest so you can get answers to your training questions and ensure you're complying with OSHA's standards.

  • Conduct EHS Inspections and Audits

    Record and manage your organization’s inspection data with IndustrySafe’s Inspections module. IndustrySafe’s pre-built forms and checklists may be used as is, or can be customized to better suit the needs of your organization.

  • Track Key Safety Performance Indicators

    IndustrySafe’s Dashboard Module allows organizations to easily track safety KPIs and metrics. Gain increased visibility into your business’ operations and safety data.

  • Industry Safe
comments powered by Disqus