END-OF-LIFE MANAGEMENT: Edited by Gustavo De SimoneThe challenge of international consensus defining an opioid essential prescription packageVignaroli, Ernestoa; Wenk, Robertoa,bAuthor Information aPalliative Care Unit, Hospital Tornu, Programa Argentino de Medicina Paliativa-Fundacion FEMEBA, Buenos Aires, Argentina bInternational Association for Hospice and Palliative Care, Houston, Texas, USA Correspondence to Ernesto Vignaroli, MD, Palliative Care Unit, Hospital Tornu, Buenos Aires Argentina and Programa, Argentino de Medicina Paliativa-Fundacion FEMEBA, Laprida 1373, San Isidro, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Tel: +54 11 4523 3511; fax: +54 11 4523 3511; e-mail: [email protected] Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care: September 2012 - Volume 6 - Issue 3 - p 398-401 doi: 10.1097/SPC.0b013e328356ab36 Buy Metrics Abstract Purpose of review To describe a new strategy that aimed to facilitate opioid prescription for better pain management. Recent findings The International Association of Hospice and Palliative Care recently develop a single prescription package (drugs and dosing) with one opioid, one laxative, and one antiemetic for the initiation of opioid treatment in cancer pain and other life-threatening conditions, with the intention to facilitate opioid use, improve patient compliance, and reduce adverse effects. Summary The opioid essential prescription package was an international project designed to ensure that opioids are better tolerated by reducing the adverse effects of opioids, which could lead to more sustained improvements in pain management. © 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.