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Letters WHO on essential medicines

Authors’ reply to Magrini and colleagues

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 17 September 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5705
  1. Corrado Barbui, associate professor of psychiatry1,
  2. Marianna Purgato, researcher1
  1. 1WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health and Service Evaluation, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Section of Psychiatry, University of Verona, Policlinico GB Rossi, 37134 Verona, Italy
  1. corrado.barbui{at}

We thank Magrini and colleagues for their response to our article on the World Health Organization’s essential medicines process.1 As strong supporters of WHO’s role, we are pleased that some of the problems we raised reflect internal discussions at WHO on how to strengthen the selection process for WHO’s list of essential medicines.2

However, we …

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