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Pain: there is a lot of it

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A few weeks ago in October, the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)1 announced an initiative for a global year against pain.

Professor Dr Hans Georg Kress (Vienna), President of the European Federation of IASP Chapters stated that: One in five Europeans suffers from pain that has been occurring regularly for three months or longer; one in eleven, suffers from pain daily. There are 100 million people affected by chronic pain in the 27 EU Members. Across the EU chronic pain accounts for nearly 500 million lost working days every year – costing the European economy around €34 billion.

This initiative presents a significant opportunity for hospital pharmacists …

Correspondence to Phil Wiffen, Pain Research Unit, Churchill Hospital, Old Road, Oxford OX3 7LE, UK; phil.wiffen{at}

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