Access to controlled medicines for palliative care in India: Gains and challenges

An article from Media Watch, compiled and annotated by Barry R. Ashpole (Ontario, Canada). More reports can be found at IPCRC.NET

Indian Journal of Medical Ethics | Online – Accessed 24 March 2015 – It was in the early 1990s that an appeal was made, both in India and globally, for access to palliative care to be treated as a human rights issue. Over the past few years, India has witnessed robust advocacy efforts which push for the consideration of palliative care and pain management as a human right. Central to this paper is India’s Narcotic Drugs & Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985: its genesis, its critique, and the amendments aimed at enhancing access to the NDPS for medical care and research. The author refers to the advocacy efforts in India, particularly the most recent ones, which led to the amendments to the NDPS Act (1985) in February 2014; and the contribution of the global and local human rights discourse on palliative care to these efforts…read more