Medicines

Is access to essential medicines as part of the fulfillment of the right to health.

Hans V Hogerzeil, Melanie Samson, Jaume Vidal Casanovas, Ladan Rahmani-Ocora

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Work on access to essential medicines as part of the fulfillment of the right to health is part of the WHO Medicines Strategy 2004-2007. This research was initiated about three years ago, focusing on the following question: Over 150 countries have signed/ratified the International Covenant on Social, Economic and Cultural Rights, which includes a specific State obligation to work towards equitable access to essential medicines. But what does this mean in practice?

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The Lancet 2006;368:305-311.

Bulletin of the World Health Organization