WHO issues new advice on antibiotics

New advice on which antibiotics to use for common infections and which to preserve for the most serious conditions, has been issued by the World Health Organization.

Other additions to WHO’s model list on essential medicines include drugs for HIV, hepatitis C, tuberculosis and leukaemia.

The updated list adds 30 medicines for adults and 25 for children, and specifies new uses for nine already-listed products, bringing the total to 433 drugs deemed essential for addressing the most important public health needs.

For the sake of ease, WHO has grouped antibiotics into three categories, with