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Monday, March 17, 2003

According to a story on the BBC World Service's radio programme Health Matters millions of terminally-ill people around the world die in agony each year.

This is because many, particularly those living in developing countries, do not have access to painkillers.

In rich countries drugs are available which can control 90% of patients' pain.

By contrast morphine (which is used to counter pain in terminally-ill cancer patients) only became available in Tanzania in the year 2000 and still cannot be offered to all of those who would benefit from its use...