A controversial vote on ketamine didn’t go through, as China decided to delay the vote for another year.
Date: 19th March 2015
Added by: Fay Watson
A controversial vote to control ketamine under the international drug control conventions did not go ahead last week last week in Vienna, as China decided to delay the vote until next year, much to the relief of many international delegations.
Although in the UK or other European countries, ketamine is thought of for its’ recreational purposes as a drug in the clubbing environments, in Africa, it is an essential medicine and used for emergency surgery by organisations such as Medicins Sans Frontieres. If ketamine were to be controlled, there would need to be particular import and export procedures in place and concerns were raised in Vienna that the systems were not in place in Africa to deal with this.
Up until last week, it had seemed that the vote may go ahead, in spite of The Netherlands querying the legality of a vote on the basis that the WHO had warned not to control ketamine because of its’ medical uses.
In a recent survey amongst our members, we found that EURAD members overwhelmingly support access to essential medicines.