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International Narcotics Control Board

Volume 703: debated on Thursday 10 July 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the International Narcotics Control Board requires a formal assessment of unmet need for pain-relieving medicines when gathering estimates of a country's demand for narcotics for pain relief. [HL4532]

No. A country's estimate is based, to a very large extent, on actual utilisation but can also take account of any likely future increases.