The 20 th Essential Medicines List, published on 6 June 2017, marks the 40th anniversary of this flagship WHO tool to expand access to medicines. The updated list adds 30 medicines for adults and 25 for children, and specifies new uses for 9 already-listed products, bringing the total to 433 drugs deemed essential for addressing the most important public health needs globally. The 20 th List also provides new advice on which antibiotics to use for common infections and which to preserve for the most serious syndromes, based on a thorough review of all essential antibiotics. The aim is to optimise antibiotic use and reduce antibiotic resistance without restricting access. Other important additions include medicines for HIV, hepatitis C, tuberculosis and cancer.
DEADLINE: 22 December 2017 - The World Health Organization is partnering with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) to develop a target product profile (TPP) for a semi-open multiplex multi-analyte diagnostic platform. This platform will help better diagnose the millions of people presenting with severe febrile illness without a known source in low- and middle-income countries. The envisioned platform capable of simultaneous detection of multiple analytes types from a single specimen would have a wide variety of applications to other disease areas beyond severe febrile illness. A draft TPP has been developed through a Delphi consensus process and is now open for public comments through this google survey link . Survey responses will be collated and revisions considered to arrive at a final TPP.
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