You will find below a whole host of resources to help you get involved in this important initiative
Global Opioid Initiative Policy: Individual reports 2013 & infographics
Global Opioid Policy Initiative: Editorials
- 'Adequacy of Opioid Analgesic Consumption at Country, Global, and Regional Levels in 2010, Its Relationship With Development Level, and Changes Compared With 2006' (pdf) Beatrice Duthey and Willem Scholten
- 'Setting a Higher Standard in Cancer Care: Isn’t it Time to Bring about a Change in Cancer Palliation?' (Middle East - pdf) Michael Silbermann and Mohammed A Jaloudi
- 'Failing to numb the pain: The untreated epidemic' (Africa - pdf) Richard A Powell, Lukas Radbruch, Faith N Mwangi-Powell, Jim Cleary, Nathan Cherny
- Is opioid over-regulation hurting cancer patients? (pdf) Jim Cleary, Nathan Cherny
- ESMO Designated Centres of Integrated Oncology & Palliative Care programme
- ESMO Guidelines on Palliative Care
- ESMO Guide for Patients with Advanced Cancer: Getting the Most Out of Your Oncologist
- A User’s Manual for Oncology Clinicians was created to accompany our popular book for patients: A Guide for Patients with Advanced Cancer
ESMO and the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) conducted a survey (2007-2008) using standards derived from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), that exposed formulary deficiencies and excessive regulatory barriers which interfere with appropriate patient care in many European countries.
The results were published in Annals of Oncology and describe the availability and cost of opioids for cancer pain in each surveyed country, as well as different forms of regulatory restrictions.
The paper reports that urgent and intensive efforts are needed to expand partnership among advocacy initiatives by stakeholders and international organisations with authorities and regulators, particularly in the countries with the most severe restrictions for opioid availability and accessibility.
- Formulary availability and regulatory barriers to accessibility of opioids for cancer pain in Europe: a report from the ESMO/EAPC Opioid Policy Initiative
Download the UICC Background document giving full details and reasons behind this important initiative.
- December 2013: LiveStrong Foundation: Improving Global Opioid Availability for Pain & Palliative Care: A Guide to a Pilot Evaluation of National Policy (pdf)
- ESMO 2013 Press Release: Untreated Cancer Pain a ‘Scandal of Global Proportions,’ Survey Shows
- ESMO 2013 Press Release: ESMO Spearheads International Collaboration to Assure Patient Access to Safe and Effective Cancer Medicines
- ESMO Press Release: Governments failing to address “global pandemic of untreated cancer pain”
ESMO 2012: Data presentation webcasts
- Discrepancies in Cancer Pain Treatment Across the Globe
- Regulatory Barriers to Access and Availability of Opioids for the Management of Cancer Pain
- A Global Policy Approach to Freedom from Cancer Pain
- Problems of opioid availability and accessibility across Europe: ESMO tackles the regulatory causes of intolerable and needless suffering. N. I. Cherny, R. Catane, P. A. Kosmidis. Ann Oncol (June 2006) 17 (6): 885-887 first published online April 20, 2006 doi:10.1093/annonc/mdl073