Red Tape

Patients in rural Guatemala who need opioids for their chronic pain face unnecessary red tape that deprives them of access to treatment, writes Harvard Medical School student Jillian Moore.
 
She says patients must find a physician willing to prescribe opioids, purchase special prescription pads, and make multiple visits to the capital city to get approvals from the Ministry of Health. Refills require a new prescription and formularies that stock opioids are typically in the capital.
 
Moore blames the US war on drugs, which she says puts up “bureaucratic barriers” for poor and indigenous communities hundreds of miles away.
 
Source: Global Health Hub

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