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UNODC and the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Panama organize Workshop on access to controlled drugs for medical purposes

From June 21 st-23 rd of 2018, the workshop "Access to Controlled Drugs for Medical Purposes" was held in the city of Santiago de Veraguas, Republic of Panama.

This workshop is part of the initiatives of the GLOK67 Project "Joint Global Program of Access to Controlled Drugs for Medical Purposes", led by UNODC, which aims to increase access to controlled medicines for medical purposes, while at the same time controlling its abuse and deviation.

This new training activity is organized in collaboration with the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Panama and the carrying out of additional training in the same subject in several provinces of the country is planned.

The workshop was carried out with the participation of 25 health professionals who perform their functions in hospitals, health-care centers in the area, and the regional headquarters of the University of Panama in Veraguas.

Dr. Mitchell Nazario, Veterans' Florida 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 from the University of Panama also taught specific topics.

Some of 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 case study workshops.

Training in Panama City and in the provinces of Chiriquí and Coclé will take place in the second semester of 2018.