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UNODC Organizes Regional Workshop on Controlled Substances for Medical Purposes for Central America and Dominican Republic

A regional workshop on access to controlled substances for medical purposes was held in Panama City with the participation of 25 representatives of the health sector and the regulatory sector of Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama and Dominican Republic. .
The opening of the workshop was led by Dr. Nitzia Iglesias, General Secretary of the Ministry of Health of Panama and Ms. Stacy De la Torre, regional adviser to the UNODC Office for Central America and the Caribbean.
The workshop was led by Elizabeth Mattfeld, coordinator of the Joint Global Program on Access to controlled substances for medical purposes, coordinated by UNODC with the collaboration of the World Health Organization and the International Union Against Cancer.
Through the UNODC document "Technical guide on increased access and availability of controlled medicines", the participants exchanged experiences and good practices, assessed possible barriers in accessing said medicines and analyzed proposals for action initiatives in the short and medium term .
Christoph Rerat, of the World Health Organization, and Katherine Pettus, of the International Association on Hospices and Palliative Care, contributed to the analyzes carried out in this activity.
The workshop also allowed to report on the work that the joint Global Program has done in the Republic of Panama in conjunction with the Ministry of Health and the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Panama, in the area of ​​training and research and in turn allowed to know the advances of Panama in the field of palliative care.