The Russian government approved plan (road map) improve the availability of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances for medical purposes, including for palliative care for terminally ill citizens. The document published on the website of the Cabinet.

This plan provides, inter alia, expansion of the range of narcotic medications used in pain, including in children, as well as simplification of procedures for the appointment and prescribing such drugs.

The document also aims to harmonize Federal and regional normative legal acts in this sphere and improvement of legal regulation of activities related to the dissemination of information on the use of such drugs for medical purposes.

In this regard, “Novaya Gazeta” recalls that in recent years there have been many cases of suicide of people suffering from cancer, because of lack or weak action of anesthetic drugs.

After a series of such cases in the beginning of 2014, the most notorious of which was the suicide suffering from cancer rear Admiral Vyacheslav Apanasenko, and the acclaimed history of the 72-year-old therapist Alevtina Horinyak, which opened a criminal case on the fact of discharge in violation of the instructions strong medication to the terminally ill person, the problem of drug supply of cancer patients attended to in the government and the state Duma.

In the end, the cases of Apanasenko and Horinyak, received a huge response and wide publicity in the media, contributed to the liberalization of the law on narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances: July 1, 2015 came into force amendments to facilitate the access of cancer patients strong painkillers.

Meanwhile, Roskomnadzor at some point tried to ban journalists from writing about the causes of suicide terminally ill patients, but eventually relented in July this year, the Ministry released new guidelines on coverage of suicides in the media, designed to minimize the harm of these publications “do not lead to the rejection of the problem as a whole.”

Drugs for cancer patients will be available 11.07.2016

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