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Joint position statement on the decision by WHO to withdraw guidance documents

23rd July 2019

Further to our news article in June regarding the decision of WHO to discontinue two pain management guidelines (click here to view), a joint position statement has been published and endorsed by many organizations, including IAHPC and EAPC. The statement urges:

  • WHO to revise and update the guidelines they have withdrawn with urgency and, until this task is completed, to reinstate both the withdrawn dcouments
  • Heads of state to continue to work with palliative care and pain experts and policy makers to ensure adequate access to internationally controlled essential medicines necesary for the relief of suffering, while preventing diversion and non-medical use.

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