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Access to Opioid Medication in Europe

Objective

"Medicines derived from opium are very valuable in medicine practice & therefore regarded as essential medicines. However, they are generally not readily available for patients who are in need of them for medical reasons. It is estimated that over 80% of the world's population is inadequately treated, because opioid (pain relieving) medicines have been categorized as ""controlled substances"", due to concerns about their possible abuse. These medicines are therefore subject to strong international control, & rendered accessible. Severe under-treatment of pain is reported in more than 150 countries. In 15 countries of the EU-25, medical consumption of opioids (& other medications that are controlled under these conventions) is close to non-existent, consequently a large number of patients are not treated appropriately for moderate to severe pain. The overall goal of this project, is to undertake applied research into the reasons why opioid medicines for moderate to severe pain & for the treatment of opioid dependence are not used adequately in 12 European countries & to elaborate & disseminate tailor-made recommendations to each country for improving the accessibility, availability & affordability of controlled medicines, & disseminate these to governments, health-care professionals, other key decision-making bodies as well as to the general public. The outcome of the research will serve to underpin informed policy decisions on health systems & more effective & efficient evidence-based strategies for health therapies (pain management) in 12 European countries, thereby contributing to the realization of the activity area that frames the specific call to which this project responds, Optimizing the Delivery of Health Care to European Citizens & the overarching EU values of ""universality, access to good health care, equity & solidarity, aiming to make provision that is patient-centred & responsive to individual need""."

Field of science

  • /medical and health sciences/basic medicine/pharmacology and pharmacy/pharmaceutical drug

Call for proposal

FP7-HEALTH-2007-B
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

UNIVERSITATSKLINIKUM BONN
Address
Venusberg-campus 1
53127 Bonn
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 296 799
Administrative Contact
Beate Becker (Ms.)

Participants (10)

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 370 693
Address
Avenue Appia 20
1211 Geneve
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Anne Marie Worning (Dr.)
Eurasian Harm Reduction Network
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 118 370
Address
Siauliu 5/1-21
01133 Vilnius
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Raminta Stuikyte (Ms.)
Hospice Casa Sperantei
Romania
EU contribution
€ 105 590
Address
Street Sitei 17A
500074 Brasov
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Daniela Mosoiu (Dr.)
Ministry of Interior and Administrative Reform, National Anti-drug Agency
Romania
EU contribution
€ 23 103
Address
Unirii Bulevard ( Sector 3, Block A4) - Adress Of The National Anti-drug Agency 37
Sector 3 Bucharest
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paula Frusinoiu (Ms.)
HELP THE HOSPICES
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 470 743
Address
Britannia Street, Hospice House 34-44
WC1X 9JG London
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
David Praill (Mr.)
International Harm Reduction Association
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 131 250
Address
Bermondsey Street 40
SE1 3UD London
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Rick Lines (Mr.)
UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 372 098
Address
Heidelberglaan 8
3584 CS Utrecht
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Rinske De Kok-Baan (Ms.)
UNIVERSITY OF LANCASTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 373 769
Address
Bailrigg
LA1 4YW Lancaster
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Laura Johnston (Ms.)
ASSOCIAZIONE EUROPEA PER LE CURE PALLIATIVE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 47 490
Address
Via Venezian 1
20133 Milano
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Lukas Radbruch (Prof.)
UNIVERSITAETSKLINIKUM AACHEN

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 139 157
Address
Pauwelsstrasse 30
52074 Aachen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Volker Legewie (Mr.)