In a significant step forward after the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Amendment) Act which came into force on May 1, 2014, the Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance, Government of India has invited IAPC to submit its suggestions for the NDPS (Essential Narcotic Drugs) Rules 2014.
Among other things, the draft proposes to include only morphine, oxycodone, methadone and fentanyl in the list of essential drugs. There are no moderate opioids like codeine and dihydrocoedine. IAPC members may want to think about this and put forth their suggestions on this and other aspects of the proposed rules.
The amendment of the law after years of advocacy was a significant achievement. However, for IAPC, the task is not yet complete. These rules will have a significant impact on measures to reach palliative care to thousands at the ground level.
Therefore, IAPC requests all its members to study the draft rules and submit their suggestions on or before July 16, 2014.
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center's 18th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Supportive Care, Hospice and Palliative Medicine will be held on September 5 and 6, 2014. Prior to the cnference there will be a review course on Updates in Hospice and Palliative Medicine and Intensive Physician Board Review on September 2 to 4, 2014. For details, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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IAPC's position statement on end-of-life care
Here is version 4 of the draft of the IAPC Position Statement on End of Life Care Policy, drafted by Dr Stanley Macaden, Dr Naveen Salins and others.
IAPC members are requested to study and share their observations with email@example.com as soon as possible. The draft is already submitted for publication in IJPC. Minor changes can be incorporated before final print.