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Cancer patients in poor countries needlessly denied pain relief

WHO report

01 February 2019 (Last updated: 1 Feb 2019 10:23)

Cancer patients in developing nations are being denied basic pain relief, often because of excessive fears about opioid abuse, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday.

Two-thirds of industrialized countries have oral morphine, an opioid widely used to lessen severe pain, available in more than half of their pharmacies, against only 6 percent of poor countries, WHO expert Dr Cherian Varghese said.

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