Dr Katherine Pettus, Advocacy Officer, International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care, writes:
Diederik Lohman, Jim Cleary and I were in Vienna for an Expert Meeting convened by UNODC on improving access to controlled medicines.
The purpose was to draft a document for member states containing practical actions to implement the recommendations of the 2016 UNGASS Outcome Document https://www.unodc.org/documents/postungass2016/outcome/V1603301-E.pdf on improving access to essential controlled medicines.
The meeting was attended by representatives of the INCB, WHO, China, Pakistan, and NGOs experts from Brazil, DRC, Ghana, Greece, Malta, Mexico, and Poland. Policy experts attended from IAHPC, the Pain and Policy Studies Group, and Human Rights Watch.