Letters

Treatment for cancer pain

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7010.951b (Published 07 October 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:951
  1. S Ahmedzai,
  2. D J Brooks
  1. Professor CRC lecturer Palliative Medicine Section, Surgical and Anaesthetic Sciences, University of Sheffield, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield S10 2JF

    EDITOR,--Like M Zenz and T Zenz,1 we appreciate the recent paper by Francois Larue and colleagues2 for opening up a discussion on the undertreatment of cancer pain. Perhaps, however, the topic should be referred to as maltreatment of cancer pain.

    Zenz and Zenz make the point that legislation for uniformity in the European Union could threaten the freedom to prescribe strong opioids in Britain. The implicit assumption here is that regulation keeps opioid prescribing down and …

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