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Essential medicine status
ATC codes: A11GA01
EMLc
Indication
Scurvy ICD11 code: 5B56.0
INN
Ascorbic acid
Medicine type
Chemical agent
List type
Core
Formulations
Oral > Solid: 50 mg
EML status history
First added in 1977 (TRS 615)
Changed in 1979 (TRS 641)
Changed in 1987 (TRS 770)
Changed in 1993 (TRS 850)
Changed in 2007 (TRS 950)
Sex
All
Age
Also recommended for children
Therapeutic equivalence
The recommendation is for this specific medicine
Patent information
Patents have expired in most jurisdictions
Summary of evidence and Expert Committee recommendations
The EMLc Subcommittee endorsed the inclusion of ascorbic acid on the EMLc for the treatment of scurvy. The Subcommittee discussed the need for a higher strength tablet of ascorbic acid, but decided not to add another formulation at this time.