opioid availability

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

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Bishnu Dutta Paudel, Karen M. Ryan, Mary Skemp Brown, Eric L. Krakauer, M.R. Rajagopal, Martha A. Maurer, James F. Cleary, Opioid Availability and Palliative Care in Nepal: Influence of an International Pain Policy Fellowship, Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, Volume 49, Issue 1, January 2015, Pages 110-116, ISSN 0885-3924, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2014.02.011.
(http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0885392414002176)
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Bishnu Dutta Paudel, Karen M. Ryan, Mary Skemp Brown, Eric L. Krakauer, M.R. Rajagopal, Martha A. Maurer, James F. Cleary, Opioid Availability and Palliative Care in Nepal: Influence of an International Pain Policy Fellowship, Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, Volume 49, Issue 1, January 2015, Pages 110-116, ISSN 0885-3924, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2014.02.011.
(http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0885392414002176)

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Examining Influences on the Availability of and Access to Opioids for Pain Management and Palliative Care

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Maurer MA, Gilson AM, Husain SA, Cleary JF. Examining the Influences on the Availability of and Access to Opioids for Pain Management and Palliative Care. Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy. 2013; 27:255-260. 

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Maurer MA, Gilson AM, Husain SA, Cleary JF. Examining the Influences on the Availability of and Access to Opioids for Pain Management and Palliative Care. Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy. 2013; 27:255-260. 

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Improving opioid availability

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Joranson DE, Gilson AM, Maurer MA. Improving opioid availability. Indian J Palliat Care 2005;11:60-61.

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Joranson DE, Gilson AM, Maurer MA. Improving opioid availability. Indian J Palliat Care 2005;11:60-61.

This is an editorial piece.  No abstract is available.

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Italy reforms national policy for cancer pain relief and opioids

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Blengini C, Joranson DE, Ryan KM. Italy reforms national policy for cancer pain relief and opioids. Eur J Cancer Care 2003;12:28-34.

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Blengini C, Joranson DE, Ryan KM. Italy reforms national policy for cancer pain relief and opioids. Eur J Cancer Care 2003;12:28-34.

Treatment of pain caused by cancer in Italy has been reported to be inadequate for more than a decade. The problem has been documented in the literature by International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) reports that show Italy's low consumption of morphine, and by INCB statements reflecting concern that pain medications are not adequately available to suffering cancer patients. The reasons for undertreatment include lack of physician education, low public awareness about pain management and overly restrictive regulations that inhibit the prescribing of opioid analgesics.

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India: Opioid availability - An update

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Rajagopal MR, Joranson DE. India: opioid availability. An update. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2007;33:615-622.

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Rajagopal MR, Joranson DE. India: opioid availability. An update. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2007;33:615-622.

In India, a million people with cancer and an unknown number of people with other incurable and disabling diseases, need opioids for pain relief. Only about 0.4% of the population in need have access to them. Major barriers to access to opioids are complicated regulations and problems related to attitude and knowledge regarding pain relief and opioids among professionals and the public.

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Improving the availability and accessibility of opioids for the treatment of pain: The International Pain Policy Fellowship

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Bosnjak S, Maurer MA, Ryan KM, Leon MX, Madiye G. Improving the availability and accesibility of opioids for the treatment of pain: The International Pain Policy Fellowship. Journal of Supportive Care in Cancer 2011;19:1239-1247.

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Bosnjak S, Maurer MA, Ryan KM, Leon MX, Madiye G. Improving the availability and accesibility of opioids for the treatment of pain: The International Pain Policy Fellowship. Journal of Supportive Care in Cancer 2011;19:1239-1247.

Opioid analgesics are simultaneously indispensable medicines for the treatment of moderate to severe pain and harmful when abused. The challenge for governments is to balance the obligation to prevent diversion, trafficking and abuse of opioids with the equally important obligation to ensure their availability and accessibility for the relief of pain and suffering. Over the last 30 years, significant progress has been made toward improving access to opioids as measured by increasing global medical opioid consumption.

Improving Availability of and Access to Opioids in Colombia: Description and Preliminary Results of an Action Plan for the Country

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Leon MX, De Lima L, Florez S et al. Improving availability of and access to opioids in Colombia: description and preliminary results of an action plan for the country. J Pain Symptom Manage 2009;38:758-766. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2009.03.007

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Leon MX, De Lima L, Florez S et al. Improving availability of and access to opioids in Colombia: description and preliminary results of an action plan for the country. J Pain Symptom Manage 2009;38:758-766. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2009.03.007

Latin America consumes less than 2.7% of the morphine in the world, as reported by the governments to the International Narcotics Control Board. Methods to improve access to opioids for the treatment of pain have been developed by the Pain & Policy Studies Group (PPSG), a World Health Organization Collaborating Center at the University of Wisconsin. This article describes the preparation and implementation of an action plan in Colombia as a part of an international fellowship program on opioid policy developed by the PPSG and funded by the Open Society Institute.

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