Blacks more likely to receive morphine for cancer pain despite risks

  • July 29, 2014

Black patients with cancer were more likely to receive morphine for pain, whereas non-Hispanic white patients were more likely to receive oxycodone, according to study results.

The prescription of analgesics with toxic metabolites has known deleterious renal effects. This is of particular concern for patients with cancer because many have undiagnosed chronic kidney disease due to their underlying malignancy and/or treatment, according to background information provided by the researchers.

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