Lancet Commission: Essential Medicines


This Lancet Commission report addresses the importance of essential medicines and their place in global health policy. Shifting the discussion from a focus on low- and middle-income countries to a worldwide approach, the commission explores what progress has been made by governments to promote access to essential medicines, what challenges remain ahead, what lessons have been learned and can inform future approaches, and how essential medicines policies can be leveraged to promote universal health coverage and contribute to the global sustainable development agenda. Arguing for essential medicines as a central pillar of global health, the commission examines medicine affordability, quality, and development, making cases for policies promoting sustainable gains in these fields.


Essential Medicines for Universal Health Coverage. The Lancet 2017; 389(10067): 403–476. DOI: