icines based on its quality, safety and efficacy standards. The WHO List of Essential Medicines helps governments address problems of cost and availability and provides guidance to the pharmaceutical industry on medicine needs globally.
The decision was made at the 15th Expert Committee on the Selection and Use of Essential Medicines, which met in Geneva earlier this year. In its letter notifying OneWorld Health of its decision, the WHO noted that, Paromomycin appears to be the most cost-effective treatment among all available alternatives.
The inclusion of OneWorld Healths first approved drug product on the WHO Essential Medicines List recognizes the value of Paromomycin IM Injection to combat this lethal disease. This recognition is an important step in the realization of our drug development mission: Bringing the promise of safe, effective, and affordable medicines to those most in need, said Dr. Ahvie Herskowitz, OneWorld Healths Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer.
Gland Pharma Limited, the Hyderabad, India-based drug manufacturer working with OneWorld Health and its collaborators, received regulatory approval from the Drug-Controller General - India (DCGI) for Paromomycin IM Injection as a treatment for VL on August 31, 2006. Gland has committed to act as the low cost global manufacturer to ensure access of Paromomycin to all those that need it.
WHO first published the first Model List of Essential Drugs in 1977, identifying 208 individual medicines that together could provide safe, effective treatment for the majority of communicable and non-communicable diseases. Essential medicines are intended to be available within the context of functioning health systems at all times in adequate amounts, in the appropriate dosage forms, with assured quality and adequate information, and at a price the individual and the community can afford.
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