Ukraine must loosen drugs policy to allow patients access to oral morphine, says reportBMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d2959 (Published 12 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2959
- Andrew Osborn
Tens of thousands of people with cancer in Ukraine are being condemned to live their final months in excruciating pain because oral morphine is not available, a report has concluded.
The report, from New York based Human Rights Watch, estimates that up to 80 000 cancer patients in Ukraine had severe pain every year as a result of the country’s controversial public health policy.
“There is no reason people have to live out their last months in torment,” said Diederik Lohman, a senior health researcher at Human Rights Watch. “Ukraine needs to fix its …