WHO reveals new groundbreaking treatments
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The World Health Organisation says new cancer treatments and drugs that can be swallowed rather than injected are just some of the essential medicines that every country should have.
More than 150 countries use the UN agency’s Essential Medicines List, which contains around 460 vital drugs deemed essential to treat public health needs.
The latest update adds 28 products for adults and 23 for children, and it also specifies new uses for 26 already-listed products, based on value for money, evidence and health impact.
According to WHO, the five cancer therapies added to the list are regarded as “the best in terms of survival rates” to treat skin melanomas, lung, blood and prostate cancers.
The UN’s Daniel Johnson has more on the story.