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Estimating worldwide needs for morphine for pain in advanced cancer

About the project

Title: Estimating worldwide needs for morphine for pain in advanced cancer and proportions theoretically met by country estimates of requirements and consumption
Time frame: 2020-ongoing
Contact for more details:  Dr Joseph Clark ( joseph.clark@hyms.ac.uk)

The purpose of this project is to estimate needs for morphine for people who die from cancer and identify changes in proportions of estimated need which could theoretically be met by countries’ submitted requirements using INCB-recommended methods of estimation between and assess changes over time.

Each year, countries submit estimates of requirements for controlled substances to the international regulator under the terms of the Single Convention on Narcotics. Whilst global consumption of opioids is a key global health inequality, the role of estimates in determining availability is unexplored. We apply global guidance of how to estimate requirements for morphine to treat people who die from cancer to estimate need for morphine in countries worldwide and compare this to countries’ estimates of requirements to explore proportions of estimated need which could theoretically be met by requirements and look at changes over time.