Important progress is being made towards the safe accessibility of opioid medicines in Vietnam.
“Some important positive outcomes of this work include:
- the MoH improved access to opioids by removing a maximum dose of opioids per day and allowing pain patients, in addition to cancer and AIDS patients, to receive an opioid prescription for up to seven days per prescription
- morphine consumption has increased each year, and as of 2010 was nine-fold greater than in 2003; and
- the number of hospitals offering palliative care has increased from 3 to 15.” … read more.