Essential medicines and health products

Responsible use of antimicrobials on the global agenda in the fight against AMR

The urgency of fighting the spread of antimicrobial resistance by encouraging the responsible use of antibiotics has received high-level support at a side event at the Sixty-eighth World Health Assembly, as Member States decided to adopt WHO’s global action plan on antimicrobial resistance.


WHO moves to improve access to lifesaving medicines for hepatitis C, Drug-resistant TB and cancers

Geneva, 8 May 2015 – The World Health Organization (WHO) today 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 leukaemia) 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.

WHO Launches Open Access to the WHO Global Medicines* Safety Database

17 April 2015 -- Pharmacovigilance, or drug safety, is the primary method used to identify hazards associated with medicinal products and with minimizing the risk of any harm that may come to patients.

“VigiAccess is a global public good,” said Marie-Paule Kieny, WHO Assistant Director General for Health Systems and Innovation. “By promoting open access and transparency, we hope that we will also promote medicine awareness and save lives.”

Ebola vaccines, therapies, and diagnostics

Ebola specific prevention and treatment tools do not exist at the moment. In response to the severity and breadth of the current epidemic in West Africa, WHO has been spearheading efforts to galvanize the research and development of vaccines, treatments and diagnostics to curb the outbreak and ensure that these tools, if safe and effective, are also available for potential future outbreaks. To that end, WHO has convened the affected countries, donor and scientific communities, civil society and industry to gather the best evidence available and garner support for accelerated development and testing of the most promising tools.