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[e-drug] WHO launches digital version of its Model list of Essential Medicines (EML)

E-DRUG: WHO launches digital version of Model list of Essential Medicines (EML)

WHO launches eEML


27 February 2020
- The World Health Organization has launched a new easy-to-access, digital 
version of its Model list of Essential Medicines (EML). The move will 
revolutionize the way this core WHO reference tool is used.

More than 150 countries currently use the WHO list to work out which medicines 
best meet their national health contexts and priorities, so they can compile 
their own national essential medicines lists.

Essential medicines are those that satisfy the priority health care needs of a 
population. They are the medicines that need to be available in a functioning 
health system at all times, in appropriate dosage forms, of assured quality,
 and at prices individuals and the community can afford.

Keeping up-to-date lists of the most important medicines a country needs is key 
to achieving health for all in a sustainable way.

Since 1977, the WHO list has been revised every 2 years (most recently in 2019) 
by a group of experts and published in print or PDF formats. It includes 
information about available dose forms and strengths; specifications as to who
 should take a medicine; what conditions a medicine can treat and how it should 
be taken, as well as details about the clinical evidence supporting 
recommendations being made.

The new electronic version brings the traditional EML to smartphones and 
computer screens in a comprehensive, freely accessible, online database. 
Instead of flicking through pages of information, users can search by simply 
 on the name of a medicine, for example, or a health issue. They can also make 
their own customized lists by exporting the list – in full or in part – into an 
Excel or Word version.  

The electronic EML is the latest step in WHO’s effort to harness digital 
technologies to drive improvements in global public health, and advance 
progress towards universal health coverage. 

Best regards,

WHO Media Team

Media contact:
Ms Fadéla Chaib | +41 79 475 5556 | chaibf@who.int
Carinne Bruneton E-Med

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