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‘Dispensing Comfort” Global cancer pain: A view from PRI’s The World


Since 1996, the Pain and Policy Studies Group (PPSG) has been pointing out the stark differences in opioid consumption around the world through graphs and maps and most recently with Gapminder. But the above infographic by Kim Ducharme and Zia Sobhani takes the cake! To see the bloated shapes of US, Canada and Australia and a … Continue reading

Relieving the Supreme Court’s Pain…..


Revisiting the constitutional right to Palliative Care Katherine Irene Pettus, PhD, a political theorist, was invited to write this commentary on April 18th.  She is currently writing a book on Palliative Care and Public Policy for SUNY Press to be published in 2013) New state laws aimed at curbing opioid access in regions experiencing what … Continue reading

The Morphine Manifesto


In the middle of 2011, PPSG received an email from our long standing friend and colleague, Dr Rajagopal,  in Kerala, India, seeking our advice on some drug marketer.  The company was claiming that there was clear evidence to support the use of Sustained release morphine over immediate release morphine.  The papers quoted were mainly papers … Continue reading

Prescription Monitoring Plans: A new JAMA Commentary!


In a JAMA commentary piece last week, Dr Gugelmann and Perrone discuss the role of Prescription Drug Monitoring (access required). They reference appropriately the nature of the problem of Prescription Opioid Abuse in the USA and highlight the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy released in April 2011, and discussed here at the … Continue reading

NCDs and the Rights-based Movement: where is Pain Relief?


Richard Smith, in the BMJ, has warned us of concerns with the UN summit but with 32 days to go (according to my twitter in-basket), the heat is rising in the kitchen. There is real fear that palliative care may not feature as a priority in this “Document/Declaration/manifesto” that is being crafted by UN member … Continue reading

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