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Know thy Apps. Their role in Opioid Conversions!!


Methadone is still the opioid with which I am most cautious. Yesterday in clinic we were talking about its use, conversion and risks as we were seeing a woman who was on Methadone 20 mg tid with a diagnosis of cervical cancer. Methadone is the opioid most commonly associated with opioid deaths in the US … Continue reading

Guidelines for Opioids in palliative care (a NICE draft)


What is NICE about opioids? NICE is the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in the UK.  It is an independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance on promoting good health and preventing and treating ill health.  It makes recommendations to the NHS on: new and existing medicines, treatments and procedures. Treating and caring … Continue reading

Balancing the USA’s access to opioids: Thoughts on new CDC report.


“Overdoses involving prescription painkillers are at epidemic levels and now kill more Americans than heroin and cocaine combined. States, health insurers, health care providers and individuals have critical roles to play in the national effort to stop this epidemic of overdoses while we protect patients who need prescriptions to control pain. ” Thomas Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., … Continue reading

“Ensuring Patient Access to Essential Medicines While Minimizing Harmful Use: a Revised WHO Tool to Improve National Drug Control Policy,”


Check out this new article, “Ensuring Patient Access to Essential Medicines While Minimizing Harmful Use: a Revised WHO Tool to Improve National Drug Control Policy,” written by several members of the PPSG. It summarizes each guideline in the recently updated WHO guidelines for Availability and Accessibility of Controlled Medicines and outlines the constituents who can … Continue reading

Palliative Care Clinical Guidelines: Same guidelines for the whole world?


I have just returned from the European Association of Palliative Care Congress in Lisbon, Portugal. A great meeting!!  The EAPC leadership is doing not only a great job in promoting and improving palliative care in Europe but also globally.  Approximately 3000 people attended from over 80 countries.  I was able to catch up with colleagues … Continue reading

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