In conjunction with World Cancer Day 2012 (February 4, 2012), Pallium
India, the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care,
and the Pain & Policy Studies Group / WHO Collaborating Center at
the University of Wisconsin have released a Morphine Manifesto. IASP and
other leading organizations and foundations from around the world have
signed this manifesto, which calls for an end to the unethical practice
of promoting access to expensive opioid analgesics without also making
available low cost immediate release oral morphine.
Furthermore, it calls upon governments, health care institutions, and
the pharmaceutical industry to assure the accessibility of immediate
release morphine to patients in need at a cost that the individual and
community can afford.
IASP member and winner of the IASP award for Excellence in Pain
Management and Research in Developing Countries, Dr. M.R. Rajagopal, who
is also the chairman of Pallium India and the driving force behind the
creation of the Morphine Manifesto, states: "Prolonged unrelieved pain
destroys the mind; destroys the body; destroys families. Inexpensive and
effective immediate release morphine can relieve most of such pain. We
cannot call ourselves a cultured or ethical society if we deprive this
relief to those in pain; or worse yet, benefit financially from this
suffering by forcing expensive, unaffordable alternatives on them."
You can read and sign the manifesto online at www.palliumindia.org/manifesto.