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Access to Opioid Medication in Europe

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 222994

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 December 2009

  • End date

    30 November 2014

Funded under:

FP7-HEALTH

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 812 017,80

  • EU contribution

    € 2 449 062

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITATSKLINIKUM BONN

Germany

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""."
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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

Eurasian Harm Reduction Network

Lithuania

EU Contribution

€ 118 370

Hospice Casa Sperantei

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 105 590

Ministry of Interior and Administrative Reform, National Anti-drug Agency

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 23 103

HELP THE HOSPICES

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 470 743

International Harm Reduction Association

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 131 250

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 372 098

UNIVERSITY OF LANCASTER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 373 769

ASSOCIAZIONE EUROPEA PER LE CURE PALLIATIVE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 47 490

UNIVERSITAETSKLINIKUM AACHEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 139 157

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 222994

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 December 2009

  • End date

    30 November 2014

Funded under:

FP7-HEALTH

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 812 017,80

  • EU contribution

    € 2 449 062

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITATSKLINIKUM BONN

Germany