As the #COVID19 pandemic increasingly affects countries with under-resourced health infrastructure and services, it is an ethical imperative to ensure that all people in all countries of the world are able to access essential medicines.
The #COVID19 pandemic has further resulted in interruptions of the medicines supply chain, and it is critical that access to essential health services and medications not be forgotten or de-prioritised during this pandemic.
Non-#COVID19 patients continue to require controlled medicines for the management of pain and palliative care, surgical care and anaesthesia, mental health and neurological conditions, and for the treatment of drug use disorders.
WHO, @INCB_ION and @UNODC call on governments to ensure that the procurement & supply of controlled medicines in countries meet the needs of patients, both those who have #COVID19 & other medical conditions.
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