The International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care list of essential medicines for palliative care

J Pain Palliat Care Pharmacother. 2007;21(3):29-36. doi: 10.1300/j354v21n03_05.


The World Health Organization (WHO) requested that the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC) develop a list of essential drugs for palliative care to be included in the WHO list of essential drugs. This report describes the process by which this specialized list was developed and the outcomes of that process.

MeSH terms

  • Analgesics, Opioid / administration & dosage
  • Analgesics, Opioid / adverse effects
  • Analgesics, Opioid / therapeutic use*
  • Consensus Development Conferences as Topic
  • Delphi Technique
  • Drugs, Essential / administration & dosage
  • Drugs, Essential / adverse effects
  • Drugs, Essential / therapeutic use*
  • Hospice Care / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Palliative Care / organization & administration*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • World Health Organization*


  • Analgesics, Opioid
  • Drugs, Essential