Drs Farzana Khan and Rumana Dowla of Bangledesh, have been International Pain Policy Fellows with the support of Livestrong!
I had the honor to participate in the the first seminar with fellow visiting colleagues, Drs Cynthia Goh and Eric Krakauer. It is always a pleasure delight and honor to hear of impact of one of these meeting. Farzana has allowed me to share this letter that arrived today!
Dear Jim and All,
A very good news is that a pharmaceutical company (Unimed & Unihealth) in Bangladesh has started production of immediate release morphine in Bangladesh. This is named as MSL-10, each tablet cotains 10 mg morphine sulphate and costs 10 taka per tablet. It would be mentioned that 1 US$ is equal to 80 Taka (approx). I have attached the scanned copy of the literature of this drug with this letter. The chairman of this company attended the first seminar arranged by the Centre for Palliative Care, Department of Narcotics Control, Bangladesh Medical Research Council (BRMC) and the IPPF Bangladesh fellows. He showed interest to produce the immediate release morphine realizing the importance of this drug for patients with severe pain from that seminar.
You know that so far 15 mg sustained release oral morphine was the only tablet form available in our country produced by one pharmaceutical company, Gonoshasthya. We are grateful to PPSG, our mentor Eric, Prof Nezamuddin Ahmad, previous director general of DNC – Mohammad Iqbal and chairman, BMRC for their relentless back up and tremendous help to improve the situation in Bangladesh. We believe this is another step forward in pain management chapter in Bangladesh.
Thank you so much
With kind regards
Dr. Farzana Khan
Fellowship in Palliative Medicine (Institute of Palliative Medicine, Kerala, India)
PhD in Palliative Care (Student), Lancaster University, UK
Current Fellow of International Pain Policy Fellowship, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA
Well done Farzana! Congrats to you and Rumana and your colleagues……