The WHO essential medicines list has been revised.
Transdermal fentanyl (about 150 times the cost of ordinary morphine tablets in India) and sustained release morphine (several times the cost of immediate release poor man’s morphine) now find a place in the list. Already the situation was bad enough. Not only in India, but through much of the low-income world, hospitals and pharmacies were being persuaded to stock only the expensive medicines and doctors were informed systematically only about them.
Now things are sure to get worse – for the 80%; for the voiceless. Decision makers will be persuaded steadily, steadily, to spend the scarce resources on the expensive medicines. Instead of getting low-cost morphine for as long as needed, people of our countries will now get a patch of fentanyl – once? twice? And then they will be plunged back into their sea of pain.
Our Morphine Manifesto which has been buried alive, must be turning in its grave.
The first ECHO program undertaken by TIPS had commenced on 20th January, 2017 and was attended by several people connecting from different locations, who participated with great energy and enthusiasm.
We eagerly look forward to the second season which will begin on June 13, 2017.
The topic of ECHO Season 2 is “Multimodal approach to pain management“. This includes 5 parts:
Part 1. Methadone
Part 2. Physical therapies in pain management
Part 3. Psychosocial aspects of pain management
Part 4. Interventional pain management
Part 5. Management of difficult pain & mandated requirements by Narcotics regulations of India
If you are interested to attend, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Pallium India supports the education of children from families ravaged by disease. Many of them were on the verge of dropping out of school owing to financial difficulties. This year, Pallium India supports the education of 300 students (upto +2). The average fee (including tuition & transport) is estimated to be ₹7,500 per child, this year. We need your assistance to meet the expense.
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Whatever you donate, however small an amount it seems, would go a long way in reaching our goal.
You can donate online, or through NEFT, or via demand draft. Let us know that your donation is for Children’s Education. Please visit this link for details: http://palliumindia.org/donate/
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(Image: Kuttikkoottam Summer Camp for children, April 2017)