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Table 4 Number of essential medicines for children according to approval status, evidence, and Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical (ATC) code

From: Approval status and evidence for WHO essential medicines for children in the United States, United Kingdom, and Japan: a cross-sectional study

ATC codea A B C D H J L M N P R S V Total
Approvedb 31 19 11 23 19 99 30 6 32 40 8 11 17 346
Unapprovedc 1 1 1 1 2 10 0 0 3 16 0 1 3 39
Rate of unapproved (%) 3.2 5.3 9.1 4.3 11 10 0 0 9.4 40 0 9.1 18 11
  1. aAnatomical Therapeutic Chemical (ATC) classification codes. A, alimentary tract and metabolism; B, blood and blood-forming organs; C, cardiovascular system; D, dermatologicals; G, genitourinary system and sex hormones; H, systemic hormonal preparations, excluding sex hormones; J, general anti-infectives for systemic use; L, antineoplastic and immunomodulating agents; M, musculoskeletal system; N, nervous system; P, antiparasitic products; R, respiratory system; S, sensory organs; V, various
  2. bEssential medicines for children approved in the US, UK, or Japan
  3. cEssential medicines for children unapproved in the US, UK, and Japan