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Table 2 Comparison of number of molecules per organ system classification between the first and latest SA STG/EMLs

From: Quantitative evaluation of essential medicines lists: the South African case study

Section of SA STG/EML Primary Health Care Adult Hospital Paediatric Hospital
1996 2008 Ratio 1998 2012 Ratio 1998 2013 Ratio
Alimentary Tract and Metabolism 25 37 1.5 52 49 0.9 50 44 0.9
Blood and Blood-forming Products 4 11 2.8 18 23 1.3 26 33 1.3
Cardiovascular System 12 22 1.8 34 41 1.2 33 26 0.8
Dermatologicals 21 17 0.8 21 17 0.8 7 23 3.3
Genitourinary System and Sex Hormones 18 17 0.9 30 28 0.9 5 8 1.6
Systemic Hormonal Preparations, excluding Sex Hormones 2 2 1.0 15 17 1.1 9 12 1.3
General Anti-infectives for Systemic Use 39 55 1.4 73 83 1.1 62 98 1.6
Antineoplastic and Immunomodulating Agents 0 0 0.0 29 8 0.3 30 5 0.2
Musculoskeletal System 4 4 1.0 11 12 1.1 8 3 0.4
Central Nervous System 21 30 1.4 58 53 0.9 41 41 1.0
Antiparasitic Products 10 10 1.0 9 7 0.8 10 9 0.9
Respiratory System 10 15 1.5 11 14 1.3 11 18 1.6
Sensory Organs 8 9 1.1 14 28 2.0 10 12 1.2
Various 6 2 0.3 22 15 0.7 14 10 0.7