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Obesity drugs don't make WHO's essential list, but Ebola, MS drugs added

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By Jennifer Rigby

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Inclusion on the list can have great significance for access: for example, experts say adding HIV drugs in 2002 helped make them much more widely available to AIDS patients in poorer countries.

A show of the huge value the WHO has for the different public health services of the world, and why so many countries give importance to what the global public health authority says.

The article clearly list the factors that made the obesity drugs not likely to be included, these factors are not exactly unknown and that is why the decision was not exactly surprising. On the other hand the inclusion of the treatments for Alcoholism, MS and Ebola signal how both diseases are being considered of particular importance.

Interesting also that sunscreen did not make the list, it is quite obviously important, but since cheap options are also easily available it may explain why there was no rush to support the access.

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Wearing a wide brimmed hat, as well as long, loose fitting clothing, and retiring periodically under the shade is a far healthier strategy to minimize the risk of sunburn rather than slathering yourself with some chemical sunscreen that can cross the blood brain barrier.

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A group of U.S. academics had proposed including obesity drugs on the WHO list for the first time

The experts speak.

But a WHO expert panel recommended against adding the drugs 

Oh, alleged experts say the opposite.

A show of the huge value the WHO has for the different public health services of the world, and why so many countries give importance to what the global public health authority says.

Huge value? The country with the most advanced medicine in the world has a different thought.

And just last week you were agreeing manically with the use of these weight loss drugs.

Regardless, so now you realize that eating and exercising properly is the best way to keep weight off.

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Oh, alleged experts say the opposite.

The experts of the global authority in public health rejected the proposal of the US academics, there is nothing strange with that, US problems and priorities are not the world problems and priorities.

Do you have anything to contradict the expertise of the professionals that conform the panel? obviously a nameless person on the internet trying to contest the valid appeal to authority of the WHO is not an argument, it is not even an excuse.

Huge value? The country with the most advanced medicine in the world has a different thought.

That claim is false, when did any country said the inclusion of drugs into the essential list do not promote their availability? that is what you are contesting.

And just last week you were agreeing manically with the use of these weight loss drugs.

Drugs being useful and being essential are two very different things, your confusion comes only from seeing everything only as a dual proposition, which makes no sense.

Regardless, so now you realize that eating and exercising properly is the best way to keep weight off.

Not for the people for which this simplistic approach is very likely to fail for many different reasons.

The huge difference is that not all countries have such a big problem with obesity as the US has, so they do not get as many benefits from the drugs to offset the risks.

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