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Letters Covid-19: administration of end-of-life drugs

Administration of end-of-life drugs by family caregivers during covid-19: opportunity for future home prescribing plans

BMJ 2020; 369 doi: (Published 17 June 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;369:m2408
  1. Miguel Julião, professor
  1. Equipa Comunitária de Suporte em Cuidados Paliativos de Sintra, 2635-364 Rio de Mouro, Sintra, Portugal
  1. migueljuliao{at}

Bowers and colleagues’ editorial on the administration of end-of-life drugs by family caregivers during the covid-19 pandemic highlights two things.1 The first is the lack of an evidence base and the second the effect of different cultures and healthcare systems on prescribing essential drugs for home use.

The standard practice of our home based palliative care teams is to prescribe anticipatory drugs …

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