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Urgent fix needed for PBS rules that block opioids for palliative care patients

Newly implemented PBS restrictions designed to curb the misuse of opioids could lock some palliative care patients out of timely access to medications for treating pain and breathlessness, say peak palliative care organisations. The tighter regulations, which came into effect on 1 June, were made following concerns about Australia’s increasing opioid-related hospitalisations and deaths. Changes ...

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