The World Health Organization issues a Model List of Essential Medicines, updated every two years. Many countries issue their own Essential Medicines Lists (EMLs), used to support decision-making on medicines and devices by a wide variety of stakeholders, including policy-makers, advocates, service providers, program managers, and those responsible for selecting, procuring, and ensuring the quality of medicines. Within the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC), the Caucus on New and Underutilized Reproductive Health Technologies (NURHTs) has been working on the issue of Essential Medicines Lists since 2013. EML Search is searchable by country or by commodity; the commodities included are all those addressed by the NURHT Caucus, and include the following:
contraceptive implants, cycle beads, diaphragm, emergency contraceptive pills, female condom, Levonorgestrel Intrauterine System, magnesium sulfate, manual vacuum aspiration, mifepristone and misoprostol for medical abortion, misoprostol, oxytocin, pregnancy tests for family planning, and progesterone vaginal ring.
Country level EMLs are not always regularly updated with newer or less well-known technologies, even though these products have been included on the WHO Model List.
EML Search consolidates work done by a number of RHSC member organizations, and was compiled and is maintained by the International Consortium for Emergency Contraception and the FCI Program of Management Sciences for Health.
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