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The selection of essential medicines

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO)
June 2002

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Essential medicines are those that satisfy the priority health care needs of the population. This leaflet looks at the policy and relevance of the concept of essential medicines, how they can be selected, and how to implement a national list of essential medicines

Globalization, TRIPS and access to pharmaceuticals

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO)
March 2001

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This leaflet looks at the impact on the health sector of global trade and the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). It lists the articles of the agreement that have the greatest relevance to essential medicines and to the pharmaceutical industry

WHO medicines strategy : 2000-2003

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO)
December 2000

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This strategy is the basis for coordinated action to bring essential medicines to where they are most urgently needed. Where public health services and insurance are inadequate, health care and medicine costs mean that serious illness is a major reason why poor populations remain trapped in poverty

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