IAHPC Essential Medicines for Palliative Care

IAHPC List of Essential Medicines for Palliative Care

In collaboration with other organizations, the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC) developed in 2007 a list of essential medicines for palliative care in response to a request from the Cancer Control Program of the World Health Organization (WHO).

To work on this proposal, IAHPC formed a working committee which included board members of IAHPC and external advisers from the field. The Committee developed a plan of action which included a modified Delphi process, a general survey among palliative care experts from around the globe, and a face to face meeting in Salzburg, Austria, with representatives from international palliative care and pain relief organizations.

Below you will find the link to the IAHPC List. The list includes 34 medications of which 14 are already included in the WHO list as essential in the treatment of several conditions, some of which are common in palliative care.

Partnership organizations in this process:

To read about the process followed to develop the IAHPC list of Essential Medicines for Palliative Care, click here.

IAHPC Essential Medicines for Palliative Care List