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[Comment] Essential medicines are still essential

On Oct 21, WHO published the full report of the 20th Expert Committee on the Selection and Use of Essential Medicines,1 with its new WHO Model List of Essential Medicines (EML).2 The new list includes recently developed medicines for drug-resistant tuberculosis (bedaquiline and delamanid), a number of new cancer treatments (such as imatinib, rituximab, and trastuzumab), and, perhaps most controversially, new direct-acting antiviral drugs (DAA) for the treatment of hepatitis C (sofosbuvir, simeprevir, daclatasvir, ledipasvir, and ombitasvir).