Cancer patients being kept from painkillers
November 29 , 2013
According to over two dozen cancer groups, restrictive laws regarding drug abuse have resulted in half of the world's population to not have access to pain killers.
A recent global survey suggests that seven cheap medications, which are known to be essential for pain relief are inaccessible to millions of cancer patients. Questionnaires in the survey regarding the availability were sent to doctors not associated with the government in about 100 developing countries.
Lead author Nathan Chemy said it was "catastrophically difficult" to relieve cancer pain in several of these countries.