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Opioid Availability and Palliative Care in Nepal: Influence of an International Pain Policy Fellowship

Opioid Availability and Palliative Care in Nepal: Influence of an International Pain Policy Fellowship

Recently published in  the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, this article details the achievements of 2008 International Pain Policy Fellow Dr. Bishnu Paudel in his efforts to improve opioid availability and palliative care in Nepal.   

 

5 selected for African Pain Policy Fellowship

The Pain & Policy Studies Group (PPSG) / World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Pain Policy in Palliative Care is excited to announce its collaboration on a pilot program with the African Palliative Care Association (APCA) to train in-country champions to improve patient access to pain medicines.  To build on its well-established International Pain Policy Fellowship (IPPF) program, funding has been received from the National Cancer Institute (National Institutes of Health) to develop an African Pain Policy Fellowship (APPF). 

Do national drug control laws ensure the availability of opioids for medical and scientific purposes?

The following article was released in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2014;92:108-116.

2011 Global, Regional, and National opioid consumption statistics now available

The Pain & Policy Studies Group (PPSG) is pleased to announce its annual release of new and updated global, regional, and national consumption data for Fentanyl, Hydromorphone, Methadone, Morphine, Oxycodone, and Pethidine.  Additionally, the morphine equivalence data on the global, regional and all country profile pages has been updated with the 2011 data.
 
As has been the case for many years, the 2011 INCB data illustrate the continuing disparities in morphine consumption between high and low- and middle-income countries:

PPSG releases new Progress Report Card and Evaluation Guide

The PPSG is pleased to announce the release of Achieving Balance in State Pain Policy: A Progress Report Card (CY 2012).  This report contains a grade for each state and the District of Columbia, which represents the extent that state policies can support pain management and patient care. PPSG researchers evaluated the content of state laws and regulatory policies to determine the presence of language that could enhance or impede pain management.