Published on: December 25, 2016

It was a pleasure and privilege to do a review of the new palliative care service initiated at Sri Venkateshwaraa Medical College Hospital and Research Centre at Puducherry. The palliative care service in this institution has been started with the support of Tata trust and, under the leadership of Dr Srikanth, professor of community medicine, the service is making progress.

As in most parts of the country, the newly amended NDPS act of 2014 as not been implemented in Puducherry as well. The old complicated process continues. Hence it was a very worthwhile exercise to organize an opioid availability workshop for this purpose.

The meeting was particularly made valuable by the presence of the Director of Medical Services (DMS) and the Food and Drug Administrator (Procurement). The meeting clarified the objectives of the amendment and possible ways of implementation.

The DMS has agreed to do all that is necessary. Together with team at Puducherry, we shall follow up and look forward to see the actual improvement in opioid consumption.

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