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Second workshop on access to controlled medicines for medical purposes

From July 26th to 28th, the workshop regarding access to controlled drugs for medical purposes was held in the city of David, Chiriquí.

This workshop was organized by UNODC and the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Panama within the framework of the activities of the GLOK67 project "Global Program of Access to Controlled Medicines". This project aims to improve access to controlled medicines while preventing their abuse and diversion.

Dr. Elizabeth Mattfeld, global coordinator of the GLOK67 project, participated as a lecturer, giving an overview on the situation of access to controlled medicines worldwide. Dr. Mitchell Nazario, a specialist in pain care from the Florida Veterans Hospital, USA,; Magister Rosa Buitrago, Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Panama; and Dr. Nisla Camaño, specialist in palliative care of the Social Security Fund of Panama, participated with conferences and case study workshops. Professors Carlina Santana and Matilde Rojas of the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Panama also presented specific topics.

Among the topics addressed were the Introduction to the Global Context of Access to Controlled Medicines; Situation in Panama with Respect to Controlled Medications; The Rational Use of Controlled Medications to Relieve Pain; Palliative Care; and clinical case analysis workshops.