The 1st Indian Cancer Congress (ICC),which was held in New Delhi recently,discussed the need for changing the narcotic regulations in India,which is preventing easy access to pain relieving medications to thousands of cancer patients.
The Indian Cancer Congress and the Indian Association of Palliative Care felt strongly about the NDPS Act Bill (Amendment),which is waiting for the clearance from Parliament. It urged all political parties to help pass the bill,which addresses the unresolved issue of poor access to medications to treat cancer pain.
India is one of the largest producers of morphine in the world. But the big irony is that the country exports the medicine to other parts of the world,especially the developed countries for the benefit of patients there,but availability to patients here is restricted.
As per the national policy on Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances released on February 6,2012,the medical use of morphine has been extremely low,with the result that thousands of patients in India suffer from pain,which can be avoided,says ICC.