WHO Adds Two Cancer Drugs to Essential Medicines List

The World Health Organisation says the two recently developed immunotherapies - anivolumab and pembrolizumab - have delivered up to 50% survival rates for advanced melanoma, a cancer that until recently was incurable. WHO's Essential Medicines List and List of Essential Diagnostics are core guidance documents that help countries prioritise critical health products that should be widely available and affordable throughout health systems.

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